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BC Wildlife Federation

 

Who We Are

The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation 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.

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Conservation Groups Unite For Wildlife

For immediate release: May 8, 2017

Nelson, B.C. Five of the province’s leading conservation organizations have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding in support of growing wildlife populations in British Columbia.  The BC Wildlife Federation, Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia, Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia, Wildlife Stewardship Council and the B.C. Trappers Association came together to announce the MOU at the BCWF’s Annual General Meeting in Nelson on Saturday.

L-R Jim Glaicar, President BCWF, Harvey Andrusak, Vice President BCWF, John Henderson, President, Wildlife Stewardship Council, Chris Barker, Past President, Wild Sheep Society of BC, Carl Gitscheff, Director, BC Trappers Association, Michael Schneider, President, Guide Outfitters Association of BC

Concern about the on-going decline of wildlife including, moose, mule deer, elk, wild sheep and caribou, brought the conservation organizations together for the sake of building and maintaining healthy wildlife populations for First Nations, B.C. residents, guide outfitters, trappers and the non-hunting public.  The MOU follows the provincial government’s recent announcement that all hunting license revenues will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.

“This MOU is another mechanism to ensure the province invests in our wildlife”, said John Henderson, President of the Wildlife Stewardship Council.

Jim Glaicar President of the 50,000 member BC Wildlife Federation said, "The collaborative efforts of our five organizations will help to ensure the province follows through on its commitment to enhance wildlife management."

Michael Schneider President of the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia said, "This is a great opportunity for our organizations to work together for the betterment of wildlife in the province."

“B.C.'s wild sheep populations have been declining for years", said Rodney Zeman, President of the Wild Sheep Society of BC. "This MOU will help to ensure we put and keep wild sheep on the mountain."

B.C. Trappers Association President Brian Dack said, “We look forward to working with our conservation partners in support of growing more wildlife."       

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The BC Wildlife Federation has launched an online petition calling on the BC government to increase funding and to set objectives for our fish, wildlife and habitat.  

 
BC is one of the most biodiverse jurisdictions in North America and at the same time one of the most under-funded.  
 
The intent of the petition is to convey the importance British Columbians place on fish, wildlife and habitat.
 
 
Sign the petition HERE                                                       

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NEW BCWF CONSERVATION APP

                                                                                            

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 Websitewhich 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.

To read the full news release click HERE.

For more information, contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Resident Priority Program Manager, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 878-3799 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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