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B.C. species at risk plan encourages wide-ranging risk management

July 9, 2014

The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - British Columbia boasts the highest wildlife diversity in Canada with about 50,000 plants and animals calling the province home.

But some of those plants and animals, including the prehistoric-like white sturgeon and Vancouver Island's water-plantain buttercup, face survival threats and require protection efforts.

Environment Minister Mary Polak says a report just released sets out the government's expectations for the management of species facing risks over the next five years.

She says the plan focuses on the July 2011 Species at Risk task force report that made 16 recommendations, including changing regulatory frameworks and launching broader public consultations on species protection programs.

Opposition New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert says the report appears to be a toothless plan that provides no new funding and does little to aid threatened species.

He says the NDP would introduce legislation that provides legal protections for species determined to be at risk.

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Source: Canadian Press DataFile

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