Habitat protection needs teeth to save salmon in ‘Heart of the Fraser’: B.C. coalition

The Abbotsford News

A bold new call to give habitat protection some teeth to save Fraser River salmon went out to provincial officials.

An Oct. 18 letter fired off to Katrine Conroy, minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources and Rural Development, calls for the Heart of the Fraser wildlife management area (WMA) to be established from Mission to Hope.

“Establishing a WMA will provide legal protection for the ‘Heart of the Fraser,’ and help prevent activities like diking and gravel mining that threaten the river’s vital ecosystem,” said Calvin Sandborn, legal director, UVIC Environmental Law Centre.

The pitch to the minister to use her powers to create the WMA is coming from a coalition of groups led by BCIT Rivers Institute and the UVIC Environmental Law Centre, with 28 environmental and river stewardship groups signing on.

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