The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldestconservation organization. Our 50,000 members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Our volunteers and donors give generously of their time and finances to support to a wide range of wildlife conservation programs and projects.
Available to iPhone users, the new Conservation App makes it easy to report environmental violations such as: dumping, polluting and destruction of fish or riparian habitat. It is easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of natural resources. The app works both in and out of service areas using the phone’s GPS. Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP and visit the BCWF Mapping Website, which is a public site that will display environmental abuses submitted by users, increasing awareness about the threats facing fish and wildlife around the province.
When a user sends a report, they will have the ability to make the report public or confidential. The goal of making these reports public is to raise awareness to these issues and help prevent further violations. If the user chooses “public”, a moderator will then review the report to determine if it should be placed on the public website.
Personal information of the app user who reported the violation will not be disclosed on the public website.
Registered users may also report violations via the website.
Please note, this app is designed to report infractions related to natural resource use/abuse.
It is not designed to report problem wildlife or human-wildlife conflict.
A version of the app will be created for Android-based mobile operating systems at a later date.
Today party leader John Horgan announced a New Democrat government will ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia.
The ban would not affect first nations' treaty rights. The NDP propose to work with First Nations on a government to government basis to implement this ban and manage their objectives.
Key points of the proposed NDP provincial ban:
- The ban will not affect people who hunt for food.
- A Provincial ban is long overdue to stop the needless killing of grizzly bears for sport.
- Grizzly viewing creates more jobs and brings in about 10 times more revenue than grizzly hunting
The BCWF Response
President of the BC Wildlife Federation, Jim Glaicar, represents 50,000 members and more than 100 hundred individual clubs operating in 10 regions of the province.
Glaicar said, "The BCWF supports science based wildlife management for all species, including grizzly bears, throughout the province of B.C. As an organization the BCWF stands with the majority of B.C. residents in our ongoing support for hunting for sustenance."
The BCWF recognizes the value of all users on the landscape and is committed to working with stakeholders to ensure the long term sustainability of our fish, wildlife and habitat.
The BCWF expects to see increased investment in wildlife and landscape management for bears and other species. It is critically important to the overall health of fish, wildlife and their habitats to ensure adequate funding is in place for wildlife inventories, harvest monitoring and other supporting services.
In addition, the BCWF supports access to our resources by all British Columbians.
The BCWF encourages governments to continue to implement recommendations made in the Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in British Columbia by an expert panel consisting of Mark S. Boyce and Andrew E. Derocher, of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton and David L. Garshelis, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota in 2016.
The BCWF agrees with the review that deteriorating habitat conditions are the biggest threat to long term grizzly bear sustainability.
We concur there is an urgent need for improved wildlife management planning to set population and habitat objectives at the Grizzly Bear Population Unit level, as well as increased research and monitoring, particularly on human bear conflict management in rural and urban interfaces including transportation corridors.
The review recommends better joint planning between government ministries such as the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Environment to address the increasing pressures of expanding resource extraction and the associated road development and use that lead cumulative impacts on the landscape which jeopardizes the longer-term status of the species.
The report also recommends monitoring of habitat including forage for bear, including salmon and berries that affect the productivity of bear habitats.
The BCWF continues to recommend that the Province dedicate all hunting licence and surcharge revenue to wildlife management. Further, government should be collecting rent and dedicating a portion of it to fish and wildlife conservation.
Activities such as ecotourism, wildlife viewing, mining, heli-skiing, oil and gas, and logging should all contribute to natural resource conservation.
For more information, contact:
, Director of Strategic Initiatives, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 480-9694
, Resident Priority Program Manager, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 878-3799
Check out our brand new video focusing on our members’ & stakeholders’ involvement with the BCWF to conserve and protect BC’s fish, wildlife, and habitat for present and future generations. This video features members, past presidents and community leaders such as; Rick Hansen, CEO Rick Hansen Foundation, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and Grand Chief Steward Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
Here's to celebrating another 60 years of conservation leadership!