Regional Land and Resource plans were developed by Government with input from stakeholders in the 1990’s and were to be implemented for 10 years, then revisited in their entirety and updated. At the time when the LRMPs were ready for implementation, a new government took office and developed a new strategy for land and resource management. This new strategy lacks high-level coordination of all resource users. The 2016 Evergreen Stewardship Plans are designed to restore unified management and promote a healthy balance between social, ecological, and environmental values in the process of land and resource use.

Mike Morris, MLA of Prince George-MacKenzie and parliamentary secretary to the FLNRO, released a report in 2015 which shows that stewardship is at an all-time low. His report makes it clear that government staff is over-loaded and cannot monitor and measure the results of seral development over time. This is an opportunity for “harnessing the wisdom, talent and expertise of BC wildlife practitioners in wildlife/habitat management,” as recommended by Morris. Guide outfitters embrace this strategic advice made to the minister of forests. The following is an excerpt from Morris’ report Getting the balance right: Improving wildlife habitat management in British Columbia:

Many tenure and non-tenure holders as well as First Nations across the province have decades of intimate knowledge of the particular spatial area that their tenures cover, often spatial areas where they have fished, hunted, and resided. These unique individuals possess knowledge that will enhance the ability of government to accurately assess habitat, wildlife populations, and environmental changes associated to resource development and natural disturbances like forest fires and flooding.

The entire review by Mike Morris can be found here.

Guide outfitters are committed to taking some of the load off government staff by taking responsibility for the stewardship balance in their areas; the implementation has already started with the 2016 Evergreen Stewardship Plans.

Guide Outfitter’s live the nomadic hunter-gatherer life style, carrying on the same traditions since the beginning of man. Guide Outfitters in British Columbia guided the first international tourists around 1850 before Canada was a country. The Tourism industry has grown since then to encompass many different activities, and still Guide Outfitting is at the core, providing the most intimate connection with wilderness and nature. The Guide Outfitter’s Association of BC (GOABC) says “Guide outfitters are the founders of the tourism industry and an important part of the outdoor stewardship and heritage of BC.” In fact, GOABC has published an on-going series called The Stewardship Series that uses workshops with a variety of wildlife practitioners to address wildlife management. They currently have an episode each for Stone’s Sheep, Moose, Woodland Caribou, and Mountain Goat.  Guide Outfitter’s intimate knowledge of wilderness, nature, and the plants and animals which reside in it, put them at the forefront for knowing when nature’s balance is upset. Guide Outfitters are the perpetual eyes and ears on the ground, listening to nature’s balance.

Vision Statement

Our goal is to promote natural resource use today in a way that maintains and improves the health of the fish and wildlife habitat for future generations. We do this through advocating for natural resource use that increases wildlife populations to the carrying capacities of their fully developed habitats in a way that keeps the balance between ecological, economical and social values.

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