Sponsors: City of Prince George
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed as Amended by the NCLGA Membership
Original Resolutions with Amendments (in red):
Whereas the population of the Southern Mountain Caribou herds in British Columbia has been declining;
And whereas the provincial and federal governments are reviewing whether the Southern Mountain Caribou should be protected by the Species at Risk Act;
And whereas application of the Act will directly affect both the recreational pursuits of local residents as well as the regional tourism and natural resource sectors;
And whereas municipal and regional district governments have not been given the opportunity to participate in public consultation discussions to date about the Southern Mountain Caribou and the potential implications of the application of the Species at Risk Act despite the significant impacts on local recreation, tourism, and resource sectors:
Therefore be it resolved that NCLGA advocate for the participation of municipal and regional district governments that are likely to be affected and that the provincial and federal governments begin a process of public consultation in regards to the potential application of the Species at Risk Act pertaining to the Southern Mountain Caribou and Boreal Caribou.
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has endorsed resolution 2018-B116 which called on the provincial and federal governments to consult with local governments on the impact of caribou recovery plans. The membership has also 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.
The Resolution Committee notes that on March 27, 2019, the Province announced four community consultations in the Peace Region of BC, and advised that additional consultations will be announced shortly.