Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Illegal Harvest of Vegetation in Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area

There have been recent incidents of people harvesting vegetation commercially in the Wildlife Management Area at the Squamish Estuary. This is an illegal activity as there have been no permits issued. The area is a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and falls into BC Parks legislative areas.

Recently truck loads of an important native shrub were removed with total disregard for the law and the intrinsic values of the plants. Much of this vegetation is being sold to the florist industry in the Lower Mainland. Please report it to the RAPP line. Take pictures and record licence plates to pass on to the Conservation Officer. We need everyone to be vigilant and be the eyes and the ears for the preservation of this crucial piece of habitat that we fought hard to protect. It is important to the entire ecosystem of the estuary and therefor affects our salmon, eagles, and other wildlife.

Please call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if you witness any environmental violations or poaching within the WMA. To report other violations like illegal campers or garbage issues please call BC Parks @ 604-898-3678 or District of Squamish.

More Skwelwil'em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area WMA Information
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/wma/skwelwil_em/

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/430854/skelwil_em__wma_mp.pdf