I am pleased to announce that after more than two years of unprecedented engagement with Indigenous peoples, rural communities, academic institutions and a wide range of resource industry, conservation, hunter, trapper, guides, recreation and tourism stakeholder organizations, the Province is releasing the Together for Wildlife strategy. The strategy contains goals and actions that aim to ensure that wildlife and their habitats are thriving and resilient as we face challenges like climate change.

Photo of the Minster Doug Donaldson
Doug Donaldson Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

To support the implementation of the strategy, in February 2020, I announced my intention to create a Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council. I invited interested and qualified British Columbians to submit their applications to be considered for Council membership. Application closed in March. Ninety-nine accomplished British Columbians offered their expertise and commitment for Council membership.

The caliber of applicant and level of interest was nothing short of inspiring and reflective of the passion for, and connection to, wildlife so many individuals in the province share.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the final list of B.C.’s first Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council members includes the following eighteen individuals that each demonstrate passion for wildlife, a diversity of skills, experience and knowledge, and outstanding ability to work with and respect diverse perspectives. In addition to these qualities, the collective membership of the council reflects British Columbia’s geographic, culture and social diversity.

By working together to support the implementation of the Together for Wildlife Strategy, as well as advising myself and future Ministers on province-wide wildlife and habitat issues on an ongoing basis, I strongly believe that the Council will play a significant role towards ensuring that British Columbia achieves excellence in wildlife stewardship.

I congratulate them on their appointment and look forward to working together for wildlife.

Meet the members.

Appointments to the Council are for two-year periods and are extendable for up to two additional terms to a maximum of six years per person. Over time it is intended that appointment times will be staggered so that all members terms do not end at the same time.

The Council will have the inauguration meeting in September 2020 and will begin to discuss priority work items.

You can find more information on the Council in the Draft Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council Terms of Reference.

Questions can be e-mailed to Wildlifeandhabitat@gov.bc.ca.    

Sincerely

Doug Donaldson

Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development