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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS bc. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Jun 21 17

Changes to Canada’s Oceans Act a good start say conservationists, but more is needed
“This is another positive step forward in the Government of Canada’s push to meet our international commitments to protect at least 10 percent of our ocean by 2020,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director. “Until now, Canada’s marine protected areas have taken far too long to establish. Some sites have taken up to 20 years to establish, with no interim protection, leaving ecologically important areas at great risk from industrial uses,” said Jessen.

Jun 07 17

CPAWS expresses concern about Canada’s approach to Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today responded to Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s announcement about Fisheries and Oceans Canada policy and sites regarding Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs). “While we appreciate the efforts that Minister LeBlanc and his department have made to be the first government in the world to develop explicit policy on marine OECMs, we are concerned that neither the policy nor the sites announced today meet the test set out by the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect biodiversity as a whole”, said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS National Ocean Program Director. “As long as other industrial activities are being allowed in these areas, it is difficult to see them as ‘marine refuges’, as DFO has labeled them.”

Jun 07 17

New tourism development threatens Flathead wilderness
Fernie, BC -- The wilderness and wildlife in B.C.’s Southern Rockies are under threat by a new proposal for a long-term tourism operation in one of the most remote corners of the Flathead River Valley, warn conservation groups with the Flathead Wild coalition. The proposed development would involve building backcountry lodges and guest cabins and operating a year-round tourism business right in the heart of one of southern BC’s last remaining wild landscapes, threatening grizzly bears, wolverines, and wildlife of all kinds.

May 24 17

Canada proposes large marine protected area in BC
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) cautiously welcomes the announcement of a potential new large marine protected area off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. “Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) revealed an area of interest for a new marine protected area that covers 140,000 km2, making it the largest ever proposed marine protected area on BC’s coast,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.

Apr 12 17

BC’s new Boreal Caribou Plan is an improvement, but leaves questions unanswered
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) welcomes the provincial government’s proposed Boreal Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan announced last week, but notes that without a strong commitment to stop the decline of all herds and their critical habitat, the plan’s goal of self-sustaining populations may not be achieved.

Mar 23 17

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.”

Mar 06 17

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.

Feb 16 17

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.

Feb 03 17

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.

Jan 27 17

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.

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