The public will be able to offer their insight into draft agreements to protecting caribou at two upcoming meetings in Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Photo courtesy of the B.C. government)

Dates set for public feedback on caribou recovery agreements

Meetings will be held in Williams Lake and Quesnel

The provincial government is seeking public feedback on two draft caribou recovery agreements aimed at protecting B.C.’s southern mountain caribou.

Public engagement dates for Williams Lake and Quesnel have been set for next week; with a date of Monday, April 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake, and Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre in Quesnel.

Residents can also provide feedback on both agreements until May 3, 2019 at 4 p.m. by filling out and mailing a feedback form or filling out an online feedback form.

B.C. and Canada have been developing a bilateral conservation agreement under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act which contains “overarching commitments, measures and strategies for the recovery of southern mountain caribou in B.C.”

As well, the B.C. government, federal government and West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have been negotiating an inter-governmental partnership agreement for the conservation of the central group of the southern mountain caribou. The partnership includes “temporary protection of important caribou habitat while a long-term plan is developed through engagement with local communities, stakeholders and Indigenous peoples,” states the government’s website on the matter.

The move to protect caribou has been a contentious issue in recent times due to the potential economic impact on the resource industry.

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett is urging the public to attend and have their say.

Public meetings are also being held in the Peace region April 1-5.

“All feedback received will be compiled into a “what we heard” document that will be made publicly available and all input will help inform all parties’ decision-making regarding the finalization and signing of the agreements,” states the province website.

The caribou population in B.C. has declined from 40,000 to about 15,000 provincewide over the last century due to significant changes within the animal’s preferred habitat.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
editor@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Spiers is top Quesnel bull rider in 2019

A drive for success, a clear mind and injury avoidance have helped the rider this season

Fire claims two historic buildings in downtown Williams Lake

Several other businesses damaged by water used to fight the blaze

Barkerville Gold Mines getting closer to finalizing project description for new mine

The Cariboo Gold Project is a proposed underground mine near Wells with an 11-year mine life

Quesnel man found guilty of first-degree murder in Yukon killing

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

One-in-five British Columbians think they’ll win big while gambling: study

Roughly 58 per cent of British Columbians bought at least one lottery ticket in past year

Takaya, B.C.’s infamous lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Most Read