TheColumbia ( ) Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is worried that a tentative deal between Blueberry River and the could significantly affect outdoor in B.C.
According to a report, the, along with Blueberry River, signed an agreement to set up a $65-million fund to work on land and wildlife restoration activities after B.C. Supreme Court’s cumulative impacts case ruling seven months ago.
The judge determined that theviolated the by allowing industrial in the traditional territories.
The First Nation also agreed to allow 195 forestries, oil, and gasprojects, approved before the court decided to proceed.
The BCWF is concerned that the deallead to a 50% reduction of moose harvest and complete closure of caribou hunting in the northeast.
“We are gravely concerned that theis negotiating away outdoor instead of confronting the court decision dealing with cumulative effects of unsustainable resource extraction,” BCWF Jesse Zeman said.
Zeman believes that the governmentswap to fund industrial projects, including Site C.
“The Peace region has the highest density moose populations in the. The ‘s own data indicates hunting is and that licensed hunter harvest is extremely low,” Zeman added.
Theclaims it is supportive of those rights of and that the commitment to and habitat restoration is shared between and non- .
“For years, bothNations and the BCWF have pushed the to focus on , controlled burns, and habitat restoration in the region. In a number of cases, our clubs and partners have done all of the work the should be doing, even paying for controlled burns only to have the government refuse to approve them,” Zeman said.
“Now, after years of failing to do anything for wildlife, theappears to be dividing and non-indigenous instead of bringing us together.”
Thein December imposed limitations on snowmobiling in Peace areas that contain caribou habitat. This has been met with protests from residents and .
The Peace River Regional District penned an open letter to thefollowing an extensive discussion about the government’s lack of transparency concerning the restrictions.