Sponsors: Peace River Regional District
WHEREAS the Southern Mountain Caribou has been identified as a species at risk and the Province has announced a draft conservation agreement under the federal Species at Risk Act regarding recovery measures for the Southern Mountain Caribou, the goal of which is to articulate the actions the Parties will take over the next five years to support the long term objective of achieving recovery of self-sustaining populations of the Southern Mountain Caribou in BC;
AND WHEREAS the initial focus includes the Pine, Narraway, and Quintette Local Population Units in the Peace River Regional District in northeastern BC:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM request that the Provincial Government consider the impact of actions proposed to assist with the recovery of the Southern Mountain Caribou will have on back country access, which is integral to the success of Tourism in northeast BC ; and further, the Province be requested to commit to involve the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the process as they have significant knowledge regarding health concerns specific to the Southern Mountain Caribou and potential impacts to other domestic and wild animal species in the region.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling for the Province to consider the impact of South Caribou recovery actions on back country access, and for the involvement of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. However, the membership endorsed Resolution 2017-B114 that called for the Province to investigate and consider the socio-economic impacts of implementation plans for the conservation and regeneration of woodland caribou in BC. In response to the resolution, the Province acknowledged that a socio-economic assessment is developed to inform decisions on all species-at-risk implementation plans.