Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS bc. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.
New campsites a welcome addition, but need long-term funding
Vancouver – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) welcomes the B.C. Government’s announcement today about new campsites being built across the province, but cautions that without an accompanying long-term funding commitment to sustain this new infrastructure, it will only add to the existing burden of a system that is under-resourced and over-capacity.
“Additional campsites are something that’s been needed for a long time, but park facilities don’t take care of themselves,” says Jessie Corey, Terrestrial Conservation Manager for CPAWS-BC. “What the province has committed to is only enough funding to build the new campsites. We still need longer-term investments that would keep the current sites and these additional sites operational and maintained to the high standard that people expect from our parks.”
New report indicates BC government not doing enough to protect caribou in South Peace region
Vancouver, BC – A new report on the protection of Southern Mountain Caribou in B.C. (Central Group populations) suggests that not enough is being done to protect these threatened caribou populations and help them recover in the long term. This report will be used to help determine whether additional actions need to be taken in order to meet recovery objectives for these caribou under the federal Species at Risk Act. The majority of the herds assessed in the report have been declining steadily for decades, and long-term population estimates predict that even the sub-populations that are currently stable will eventually begin to decline. The report notes that the ultimate cause for the decline of these threatened herds is habitat loss and fragmentation.
Saving Canada’s Sea of Glass: Conservation groups welcome Canada’s newest MPA
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is celebrating a new marine protected area for Canada’s ancient and unique glass sponge reefs, which CPAWS has been working to protect for over 16 years.
New Funding for BC Parks and Additional Park Rangers
Vancouver – CPAWS-BC welcomes the B.C. government’s announcement yesterday of an increase in funding for BC Parks, totaling $25M over three years and including funding for additional full-time park rangers. This is a step in the right direction, but it is not the full re-investment BC Parks needs to protect the millions of hectares of lands and waters in their care.
CPAWS Welcomes the BC Government’s Announcement to Reengage with Parks Canada in the South Okanagan
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) welcomes the news that the government of British Columbia has committed to reengage with Parks Canada on the creation of a Nation Park Reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
CPAWS welcomes opportunity to improve protection of Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is concerned about the weak protection measures that have been proposed for the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area. The draft regulations allow activities like bottom trawling, long-lining and industrial shipping to continue within the proposed marine protected area, which continues to put marine wildlife at risk.
CPAWS welcomes joint Canada-USA commitment to protect the Arctic
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today welcomed the announcement that all Arctic Canadian waters will be designated off limits for future oil and gas licensing, indefinitely, along with a number of other new commitments to ensuring the long term protection of sensitive Arctic ecosystems.
“We are pleased to see the government of Canada take these first critical steps to ensure that our Arctic ecosystems are well protected in light of the uncertain future that climate change brings,” noted Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.
Conservationists welcome progress on MPAs but remain concerned about protection of Scott Islands.
he Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has mixed feelings about today’s announcement that Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA) in British Columbia, will be Canada’s next marine protected area (MPA). “We are pleased to see the new government move Canada closer to its international commitment to protect 10% of our ocean by 2020, but it’s important that quality isn’t sacrificed for quantity,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Oceans Program Director.
A better future for our provincial parks
December 2, 2016 - VANCOUVER –The province has just announced a new plan for the future of our provincial park system, called BC Parks Future Strategy – read the strategy here: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/future/docs/BC-Parks-Future-Strategy.pdf
The announcement of this strategy is the first real acknowledgement from the B.C. government in nearly two decades that our parks system is in trouble and in desperate need of increased capacity and funding. While the new strategy is promising and certainly a step in the right direction, we are still waiting for to the government to announce specifics that will fill in some of the many missing details in the plan. Without these details, it is unclear how this plan will change the current trajectory our parks system is currently following.
CPAWS-BC Statement of support for the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration
We celebrate the Ktunaxa Nation’s commitment over many years to protect Qat’muk and wish them all the best as they head to court this week. Let’s hope that the long struggle will soon be over and that Qat’muk will be preserved for many generations to come.
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