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British Columbia to form new wildlife management agency

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On Mar. 22, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, Steve Thomson, announced that a new wildlife management agency will be formed in fall 2017 to expand the province’s wildlife conservation capacity. The provincial government will invest an initial $5 million into the agency, and annual hunting license revenues of $9 to $10 million will sustain it thereafter. “While B.C. has a robust model of wildlife management, we recognize the need to enhance our core activities,” Thomson said. “This management framework and additional funding will do that.” This spring, prior to the formation of the agency, the government will spend up to $200,000 to establish a process for seeking input from wildlife stakeholder groups, First Nations, and the public. Throughout this process, the Ministry will determine how the new agency should be governed and how specific funds should be allocated. Jim Glaicar, President of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, praised the Ministry’s plans. “The B.C. Wildlife Federation commends the Province for its commitment to dedicate hunting license revenues to a stand-alone agency to enhance wildlife management. The BCWF, on behalf of our 50,000 members, is pleased to have our call for greater investment in fish, wildlife and habitat [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/british-columbia-to-form-new-wildlife-management-agency/

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