FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) has been approved for funding to help care for at risk caribou as well as fish and other species.
A maternity pen will be funded for caribou cows in the Klinse‐Za (Moberly) herd that will help improve survival rates for calves.
The FWCP’s Peace Region Board also approved funding to help restore lichen, avital food source for Caribou, in the Finlay Arm, which was impacted by a fire in 2014 where mature stands and lichen were lost.
Bats, Bull Trout, Arctic Grayling, migratory birds, amphibians, Fishers, Mountain Goats and other species, and the habitats they need, will be the focus for 20 fish and wildlife projects approved for more than $970,000 in FWCP funding for 2016‐17.
Several of these projects have involvement with First Nations.
“We fund hands‐on and research based projects that align with our strategic Action Plans,” says FWCP Peace Region Manager, Dan Bouillon, adding, “most projects we fund are delivered by stewardship groups, consultants and agencies, and we involve First Nations early in planning each project.”
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders.
Mike Bernier says they want to ensure generations to come have access to the resources.
“Peace River is the heartland of natural resource development in B.C., and we want to ensure that we do what we can to manage our resources in a way that sustains our environment for generations to come.”