BCWF Report for June 2018

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn.

June, 2018 

BCWF Action Fund

Last May 26 our club hosted the annual “All Round” shoot which is a fundraiser for the BCWF Action Fund at the Dorman Range.  Registration was capped at 80 shooters so some latecomers were turned away; unfortunate but it doesn’t work for a large number.  The weather was great, the lunch was up to high standard and we generated a bit over $3200 for the Action Fund.

The purpose of the BCWF Action Fund is to defend public access rights to lands and resources in BC.  The “Fund” is our members main resource for funding court action against illegal obstruction to public access to waterways in the Douglas Lake area of the Province.   Our participation in the BC Court of Appeal to support the decision by DFO to raise the resident angler allocation of halibut from 8% to 12% is a prime example where BCWF Action Fund support was important.  Legal costs for a Court Injunction to remove blockades to resident hunters in the Klappan River area also came from the BCWF Action Fund. These initiatives, of course, deplete the Action Fund and it needs ongoing replenishment as long as illegal obstructions to our free access to public lands and waters continue to threaten or deny our rightful legacy as Canadians.  There is no other source of revenue for the Action Fund except from members and clubs like ours.

Bill C 71

The BCWF has coordinated and consulted with the other Canada Wildlife Federation (CWF) Affiliates regarding concerns with Bill C-71 and bringing them to the governments attention.

Although most wildlife federations asked to testify before the Standing Committee for Public Safety and National Defence, only the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) received an invitation.  OFAH consulted with the other federations and their submission was unanimously endorsed by all CWF affiliates.

 

For months now the BCWF has been urging members and clubs to write Federal Minister Ralph Goodale to protest this proposed amendment to the Firearms Act.  If you need more information than you already have please visit the BCWF website.  There’s lots there, then write

1) Download the template letter, format it, print off and mail to Minister Goodale

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

2) Email your letter to Ralph Goodale at ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca

3) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17

As we were told at the recent BCWF convention, “Write early…write often.”

Audit into cattle grazing leases in BC

In the past the BCWF has used legal services offered by the Environmental Law Center in the University of Victoria.  Recently it has collaborated with the Environmental Law Center to develop a case to request the BC Government to conduct an audit and examination of cattle grazing leases currently held on Crown Land and related issues.  Over the years members have made allegations with an increasing number of complaints, particularly from the Kamloops area, from naturalists, birders, and hunters where grazing leaseholders have been putting up gates and no trespassing signs.  Locked gates and ‘No Trespassing’ signs on grazing leases also obstruct public access to key Crown lands not under grazing lease — but are only accessible through grazing lease areas that now exclude the public.

In 1978 the B.C. government tried to get rid of grazing lease tenures that allow holders to lock out the public but failed with the implementation.  While other jurisdictions such as Alberta have made significant efforts to allow reasonable public access to leases, B.C. is living in the dark ages.  Grazing leases have no place in a modern, multiple-use Crown land management regime and a remedy is long overdue.

There is an overview of the request, a link to download the report and information about how you can help advocate for the best interest of the province and fellow British Columbians available by a link on the BCWF website.

Southern Interior Mule Deer Project

The BCWF is a key partner in a new, large-scale research project, involving multiple agencies and universities to tackle one of the most pressing needs in wildlife management in British Columbia – how to understand and reverse declines of mule deer in the Southern Interior. With contributions from Indigenous people, the public, stakeholders, and industry, this project brings together cutting-edge research on deer ecology with multiple partnerships to advance both evidence and cooperative-based approaches to wildlife conservation.

The GPS collars in the Kettle-Granby, Peachland/Garnet Valley, and Cache Creek study areas track the deer movements every 4.25 hours and provide information on the deers’ habitat use, how they move across the landscape, which areas they avoid, when and how they die. When a collar is no longer moving, a message gets sent to the project team which allows them to investigate factors contributing to the animal’s death.  In addition to the collars, at least 200 remote cameras will be deployed in the project areas to provide an understanding of how other animals (predators, prey, and people) interact with mule deer. The cameras will also provide recruitment data (fawn survival) and sex ratios (buck: doe), and potentially help count mule deer and other large mammals.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Past President 1992 – 1998