Shuswap’s Species at Risk by Jim Cooperman

One way to gauge the environmental health of the Shuswap is by understanding how well rare species are fairing, given the growing impacts from resource development. However, navigating the maze of information and agencies regarding the growing numbers of species at risk in B.C. is a challenge. While Canada does have endangered species legislation, its ability to actually make a difference is severely limited because the act only applies to federal lands, migratory birds and aquatic species. The federal government can take action, if a provincial government fails to prepare a recovery plan. The government of B.C. has long resisted bringing in endangered species legislation and instead focuses on cooperation, collaboration, communication and mostly voluntary measures.

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