By Eric RederRicochet MediaMay 19, 2016
Normally environmental research leads to information about the detrimental effects of a development. As an environmental advocate, I don’t make a grand discovery on every campaign, or even every year. But one Sunday in March, as I contemplated the hiking route for a new guided environmental tour, I realized such a discovery, on arguably thebiggest environmental campaign in Canada.
Keep it Wild education report outlines plan to meet, surpass global protected areas goals
WINNIPEG - Today the Wilderness Committee released their new education report - Keep it Wild! A Conservation Vision for Manitoba - a path forward to preserve the province’s wilderness and surpass the global goal of protecting 17 per cent of Manitoba lands and waters by 2020.
What does it take to save a species?
It takes people like you – people who care about our wildlife and know we are still lucky enough to live in a country that is home to grizzly bears, killer whales, bobolinks, blue-tailed skinks and western toads.
November 4, 2015
In the fall of 2010, we held a news conference to raise awareness about devastated woodland caribou habitat in northwest Manitoba. Stark images of burnt forests and logging clearcuts lined the walls of the room. I had just returned from a week in the north, patrolling back roads and hiking through the forests, looking at the range of the NAOSAP and Reed Lake caribou herds. We needed to get the word out that caribou were in real trouble up there.
WC Policy Director Gwen Barlee is featured in this news clip about the BC government's controversial plan to protect caribou by killing wolves – a strategy that may have been influenced by forest industry concerns over preserving habitat, according to recently revealed FOI documents. The clip also features the response from BC's Minister of Environment.
In this radio interview, Wilderness Committee Policy Director Gwen Barlee discusses documents obtained via Freedom of Information (FOI)requests, suggesting that the forest industry had a hand in the BC government's decision to start a controversial wolf cull instead of preserving habitat for endangered caribou.
The Selinger government has released its 10-year plan on how to better protect the boreal woodland caribou.
The caribou were declared a threatened species in 2006, with logging and mineral exploration cited as reasons why, as well as over-hunting and disease. The new strategy released Thursday by the government aims to both maintain the local population while ensuring the effective management and protection of their habitat, said Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff, in a press release.
This is a TV news story about a scientific report out of Mexico that shows that global extinction rates are 100 times the natural level. The Wilderness Committee's Gwen Barlee is interviewed for this story. Despite the extinction crisis BC still has no provincial endangered species law.