Roundtable 2: Wildlife & Natural Resources
Topics at large:
- Bears, rural areas -- planning for connectivity
- Crown land referrals - heli-activities
- Expansion into backcountry
- Land use management planning and processes
- Caribou, recreation
- Visitors to mountain towns. How to inform quickly and efficiently?
- “Pledge” signing before entering (e.g. the Palau pledge)
- Informing through major tourism operators
- Wildlife management/ processes post-incident (flood, fire)?
- Viewing tourism and recreation as the “economic future” despite the impacts they have
Focused topic: recreation management:
- Zoning, public input
- provincial/ municipal “power” -- what to do when the larger power-holder doesn’t want to take the necessary steps?
- Expansion to summer lodges, more alpine access is problematic
- Can we project future use? Can we use these projections to move the conversation away from what’s happening now to what the future may look like with unchecked use?
- Can we refocus on cumulative impacts -- looking at all uses across a landscape?
- Provinces can step up planning and resourcing. When they do, it makes a huge difference.
- Provinces may want small, early wins (on small parcels, areas) before opening up a full land management planning process.
- Seasonal closures are a useful and effective tool -- especially when they’re predictable
- Community buy-in required -- peer pressure. The majority of the community needs to buy in so that the rest ‘fall into line’
- Positive storytelling -- emphasizing successes. Example: showing how wildlife thrive in areas with limited human access
- The messenger matters. Great example of Jeff Bridges (“The Dude” demonstrating and using bear spray)