Over the past year, the ELC analyzed a variety legal options for urgently protecting the prime salmon and sturgeon habitat between Hope and Mission (the “Heart of the Fraser”). This habitat is essential in order to support salmon runs, some of which are on the verge of collapse, and to sustain the foundational food source for First Nations as well as seals, sea lions, beaver, bears, deer, cougars and coyotes. The result of the investigations led to a submission to the provincial government in October on behalf of our client Rivers Institute requesting a new a new Wildlife Management Area for Heart of the Fraser. The request, submission is supported by BC Wildlife Federation and 27 other fish and wildlife organizations, suggests the area could ultimately be considered under the stewardship of local First Nations as an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area as part of BC’s commitment to reconciliation.
- Submission to BC’s Minister of Forest, Lands, and National Resources and Rural Development to designate the Fraser River from Hope to below Chilliwack as a Provincial Wildlife Management Area (2021 Oct 19)
- OPINION – Establishing a Wildlife Management Area could save B.C.’s most biologically diverse region from catastrophic collapse (incl. Fraser Valley) – BC Wildlife Federation (2021 Oct 19) Fraser Valley News
- Habitat protection needs teeth to save salmon in ‘Heart of the Fraser’: B.C. coalition (2021 Oct 19) The Chilliwack Progress
- Habitat protection needs teeth to save salmon in ‘Heart of the Fraser’: B.C. coalition (2021 Oct 19) The Abbotsford News