BC Endangered Species Legislation

Did you know BC has no endangered species legislation? Most people are unaware that although BC has the greatest biodiversity in the country, we are one of only two provinces in Canada – the other being Alberta – that has no stand-alone law to protect endangered wildlife. 

Today, more than 1,900 species and subspecies are at risk of disappearing from our province.  From peregrine falcons to monarch butterflies, endangered species in BC are left to fend for themselves against climate change, toxic contamination, urban sprawl, logging and industrial development.

See this video about some of BC's species at risk

Polls show that well over 85 per cent of British Columbians want strong legislation that will protect our wildlife. The Wilderness Committee is calling on the provincial government to enact a law that will ensure we have spotted owls, mountain caribou and Vancouver Island marmots now and in our future.
 
An effective endangered species law will:

  - Protect the habitat of endangered species
  - Be based on sound science
  - Identify, protect and recover endangered species across BC
 
Introducing an endangered species law in BC is a smart investment in the future and the right thing to do.  Ensuring a healthy environment for blue birds and badgers helps to ensure a healthy environment for us as well.

Take action by contacting your MLA, writing to local newspapers and asking your election candidates where they stand on endangered species law.

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Recent Developments

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We all know candidates read their local papers. Use your postal code to send a letter to local editors about why your vote goes for BC’s wilderness and wildlife.

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The federal government has secured just 10 convictions out of 444 enforcement cases opened since the Species At Risk Act came into force 13 years ago, including only one case involving a B.C. endangered species.
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Download our latest educational report  Vote Wild! education report outlines the pressing environmental issues in BC and how voters can make them high-priority in the lead-up to the BC election.

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Letter to the Editor: BC needs an endangered species law
Write Wild: Tell your candidates we need an endangered species law

 
Let's save the Summit Lake toads!

Write now!

The Wilderness Committee received a call January 20, 2017 from our allies on the ground near Nakusp BC. Logging has started in Summit Lake toad habitat.

We have to stop this. 

Summit Lake is one of the key breeding areas in BC for the western toad. The region was featured in our Toad People documentary launched in November 2016. Millions of tiny toadlets hatch in the water at Summit Lake and travel to the surrounding forest, where they spend the majority of their lifecycle in what is one of nature’s great animal migrations.

This population is so significant that the BC government invested $750,000  on research and a toad tunnel to protect the toads as they cross a busy highway during their migration to their forest habitat.

Only a small area of the forest must be protected to preserve 95 per cent of core toad habitat – a mere six per cent of the public forest tenure controlled by NACFOR, the forestry operation in the area.

With your help, the Wilderness Committee has been working to support local allies in the fight to save this woodland habitat. Despite these efforts, NACFOR started logging on Friday, January 20.

Now, it’s up to the  provincial government to stop this habitat destruction. And that’s where you come in.

If the toads are worth protecting — to the tune of three-quarters of a million taxpayer dollars — from cars on the highway, surely they’re worth protecting from a clearcut!

Please spend five minutes writing Premier Clark to insist she halt this habitat destruction!
 


Photo: Western toadlet on the road between Summit Lake and its forest habitat (Kerri Martin)

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