The government has, over the decades, reduced the capacity and effectiveness of their own fish and wildlife staff and now BC Hydro is forced to eliminate theirs.
The support staff and biologists in the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program are fundamentally one of the most important groups of people left working to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats in the province.
The work these people do may be the only truly effective on the ground fish and wildlife management being done in BC right now — including hands-on recovery of endangered species.
Together, the people in the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program possess many decades of in-depth fish and wildlife knowledge with some of the senior biologists possessing nearly three decades of knowledge — valuable knowledge on what makes our fish and wildlife populations tick.
A program of this importance is not about spending X dollars and reporting the expenditures at the end of the year. It’s about experts knowing where and how to spend it to create the best possible outcomes for fish and wildlife populations.
The loss of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation staff will be a dark day in British Columbia’s wildlife management history. Voice your concern to your local MLA. This is a huge loss for rural BC and for our fish and wildlife resource.