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Sunday, September 26, 2010

It is time for a B.C. and Alberta to both have endangered-species law


The Burrowing Owl is one species-at-risk in the Province of British Columbia.
 Source of image:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrowing_Owl



The Wolverine is one species-at-risk in Alberta.
Source of image:http://www.albertawolverine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/gulo-Foothills-11-685x1024.jpg 


According to a news article entitled, "Report Calls for A B.C endangered species-law" , which you can read by clicking on the following link:

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Report+calls+endangered+species/3557867/story.html

 "more than 1,900 species are at risk of extinction or extirpation (local extinction) in B.C. because of a lack of protection." ......B.C. and Alberta are the only provinces that do not have stand-alone species-at-risk legislation, even though B.C. is the most biodiverse province in Canada..."

It is time that the Provincial Governments of British Columbia and Alberta stop their ignoring  the need for Species-at-Risk legislation and realize what all the other politicians in this country apparently understand, that some species in these two provinces need protection if they are to continue to exist in  British Columbia and Alberta!! I suggest you write the British Columbia Minister of the Environment Barry Penner and the Alberta Government Minister of the Environment Rob Reiner
and tell them personally that this law is needed.

This information will allow you to contact both Ministers:

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment's mailing address is:

Barry Penner
PO BOX 9339 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9M1

Telephone: 250 387-1161
Fax: 250 387-5669
E-mail: www.envmail@gov.bc.ca

The Alberta Minister of the Environment,
Rob Reiner can be contacted using the form at
the following website:
http://alberta.ca/home/Feedback.cfm?

I suggest if you want these species to continue to be found in your province that you contact the Minister in your respective province and indicate how important it is for the Provincial Government to create and enact   Endangered  species law in your province!

The following website will inform you about the species in British Columbia which are at risk:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/list.htm 

These websites indicate which species in Alberta  are at risk:

 http://www.srd.alberta.ca/BiodiversityStewardship/SpeciesAtRisk/SpeciesSummaries/Default.aspx

http://www.abheritage.ca/abnature/speciesatrisk/speciesatrisk.htm

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