BC Wildlife Federation
Who We Are
The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation organization. Our 50,000 members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Our volunteers and donors give generously of their time and finances to support to a wide range of wildlife conservation programs and projects. Join us today!
BCWF Welcomes Grizzly Bear Management Recommendations
The BCWF welcomes the release of recommendations from the Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in British Columbia.The independent review commissioned by the Province concludes that hunting is not a threat to the sustainability of grizzly bears, but offered a number of suggestions to improve harvest management procedures, data collection and transparency of decisions related to hunting down to the Grizzly Bear Population Unit Level.
In B.C., grizzly bears are listed as S3 (Vulnerable) by the Conservation Data Centre (www.env.gov.bc.ca/cdc). The expert review commissioned by the province noted concerns about the naturally low reproductive rates of grizzly bears, increasing pressures of resource extraction and cumulative impacts affecting the longer-term status of the species without adequate attention to conservation concerns.
For all the details please read the BCWF statement Here!
New Game Checks for the Skeena Region
The new game check program is being led by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) and will be implemented by FLNRO Wildlife Biologists (designated as Wildlife Officers under the Wildlife Act), the Conservation Officer Service (COS), and First Nations Wildlife Guardians. A Wildlife Officer will be present at every game check location. Conservation Officers will be in attendance as resources allow.
The game checks in the Skeena will allow wildlife managers to develop a better understanding of when and where people are harvesting wildlife, as well as when and where people are not, and how they are accessing certain areas. This information will be indispensable when evaluating the effects of the timing and length of the various types of seasons at a landscape scale. The BC Wildlife Federation and First Nations are strongly supportive of this initiative.
For all the details please click Here!
The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to an online database. The data will the help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues.
The app also includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable, interactive summary of hunting regulations throughout British Columbia.
The app supports the Province’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.
The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
Celebrating our 60th Anniversary!
Check out our brand new video focusing on our members’ & stakeholders’ involvement with the BCWF to conserve and protect BC’s fish, wildlife, and habitat for present and future generations. This video features members, past presidents and community leaders such as; Rick Hansen, CEO Rick Hansen Foundation, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and Grand Chief Steward Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
Here's to celebrating another 60 years of conservation leadership!
Notice of Direct Membership Dues Increase
Please Note: As per the Resolution passed at the 2014 BCWF Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, dues for both Clubs and Direct Members are to increase in 2016 (Member Dues Increase Resolution).
The last Direct Member dues increase was in 2010. As it stands, BCWF membership has grown nearly 50% since the last dues increase and current fees are not covering the costs associated with servicing our membership.
As such, please be advised that dues for Direct Memberships will increase as follows, effective April 1, 2016:
- Individual Direct Membership – from $45.00 to $49.00 (increase of $4.00; same as Club Individual membership dues increase)
- Family Direct Membership – from $65.00 to $74.00 (increase of $9.00; same as Club Family membership dues increase)
The 2016 dues adjustment will allow the BCWF to comply with our Strategic Goal of conducting strategic, effective and efficient business practices to ensure the BCWF is operationally and financially healthy to serve its members.
We thank you for your understanding and continued support.