Until August 31, 2011, the provincial government invites public comments on a report that recommends short- and long-term actions to protect BC’s species at risk. The report was developed by an independent task force earlier this year, and puts forward 16 recommendations addressing legislation, environmental management, and engagement with First Nations and the public.
“We were asked to develop practical and fiscally responsible recommendations,” said task force chair Bruce Fraser. “Accordingly, we have elected to build on the many conservation initiatives that have already been accomplished. Our report is aimed at making early gains on both public and private land while proposing direction for the long term that will help to address the continuing pressures of development and climate change.”
The provincial government will study the report in detail over the next several months before delivering a formal response. In the meantime, British Columbians are encouraged to read and comment on the task force report through the Ministry of Environment website: www.env.gov.bc.ca/sartaskforce.