Rod & Gun Club to host public forum at Pomeroy hotel

Photo by Montana Cumming

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Rod & Gun Club has concerns about government transparency when it comes to land transfers and wildlife management, and is now inviting concerned citizens to the Pomeroy Hotel on Saturday night at 7 p.m. to discuss these issues.

Gerry Paille, with the BC Wilderness Federation’s Peace-Liard region, said there are four main issues at hand:  lack of government transparency, lack of consultation with major stakeholders, land transfers to first nations and maintaining public access, and moose management in the Peace-Liard.

“What’s happening up here is not unique,” he said. “We feel there’s lack of transparency from Government. Other stakeholders have to find out these things by accident, or on their own volition.”

A provincial representation with BCWF will be attending, says Paille.

As the Rod & Gun club gets ready for this public forum, the Province announced yesterday their intentions to start the first phase of a moose management plan.

According to a press release sent out yesterday, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Steve Thomson said the ministry is committed to healthy and sustainable wildlife populations.

“We’ve heard loudly and clearly from First Nations and stakeholders that we need to re-invigorate and re-examine our existing approaches to wildlife. In modernizing wildlife management processes and decisions, we’re focusing on moose first.”

The moose enhancement strategy will focus on ‘growing moose populations for the benefit of all British Columbians,’ building on interim findings from a five-year moose research project and the Ministry of  Provincial Framework for Moose Management.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources could not provide a further comment.

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