- There is over 600,000 km's of resource roads in British Columbia; an estimated 10,000 km's of new resource roads are built every year. (Reference)
- The population of British Columbia in 1971 = 2,184,621; The population of British Columbia in 2011 = 4,400,057. (Reference)
Habitat Restoration is #1 for us. It's the big picture, it's a long term province-wide initiative that needs to become the forefront of every single person in this province. This is not a "hunting thing" - it's everyone's problem and it's becoming more and more apparent how criticial has become.
There are several species of wildlife affected - some to critical levels. It's salmon, Salish Sea orcas, mule deer, cariboo........ You're reading about it in the news.
We are affecting our natural resources and causing a decline, an imbalance and it's not going to be solved overnight.
We are NOT anti-logging, anti-fishing nor really anti-anything. We are going to advocate that we all bear responsibility for the current state of our wildlife and fisheries and we are all responsible for impacting change.
- Take care of the land and it will take care of you.
- All that is alive is sacred
- All life is connected and interdependent.
- We are connected to and responsible to our ancestors and our future generations. (Credit: GRAND CHIEF EDWARD JOHN (AKILE CH’OH) FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT)
As data comes in about the decline of several wildlife species and fisherings in British Columbia, science tells us that we need to work harder (and smarter) to restore the natural habitat. Failure to do so is going to have disasterous consequences.
This article is a good read:
The Canadian Press - Mar 11, 2019 / 1:44 pm | Story
Wolf Culls: We will let the biologists decide if this is a good answer, short term or long term..
We want to bring your attention to the following information within the story:
"Between 2011 and 2014, Keim studied what would happen if it weren't so easy for wolves, deer and moose to follow cutlines and forestry roads into caribou habitat. Over an 800-square-kilometre area, researchers dropped 200 cubic metres of tree debris every 200 metres.
The rate at which wolves stopped using the paths dropped 70 per cent, the study found.
"It was unbelievably effective at reducing wolf use," said Keim."
This is the BIG PICTURE explaining how resource development in our environment has affected the movements of both predator and prey.
Hunters for BC is planning to meet with biologists and industry stakeholders to better such assess information such as has been provided above.
We plan to educate ourselves, and subsequently the public (or anyone willing to listen) on the following:
- What are current best practises for habitat restoration as it applies to resource roads and resource extraction in the Province of B.C.
- What is currently being done in other Provinces or States that we might look to measure effectiveness of different plans?
- What is currently being done or in planning stages to effect change in this area? We know there is talk - we don't know what direction it's currently headed.
- What are the critical areas that can be identified as affected by resource extraction and/or the need for habitat restoration?
Interested in more reading material?
MORE TO READ
Logging in the Peachland Community Watershed Reserve, Timelapse 1984 - 2018 YouTube, by Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance (www.bctwa.org)