West Coast’s work has a strong ecosystem-based focus, but we are also frequently called upon to help out our fish and wildlife – and the dedicated groups wording to sustain them in other ways. For example:
- Through our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, we helped noted marine biologist Alexandra Morton challenge BC’s laws governing fish farms as unconstitutional.
- We’ve funded environmental organizations, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Wildsight, to press for the protection of the endangered boreal forest and mountain caribou (respectively).
- We opposed the enactment of the BC government’s Riparian Areas Regulation, which provided fish streams with less protection from development than the earlier Streamside Protection Regulations.
- We made submissions on proposed amendments to BC’s Wildlife Act, demonstrating the need for more meaningful protection for species at risk in the province.
We continue to press for strong laws to protect fish, wildlife and endangered species by engaging in government processes, supporting community legal efforts to defend wildlife, and by highlighting important developments on our Environmental Law Alert blog.
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