Over the next six weeks, British Columbians are invited to share their ideas on new ways to protect species at risk in B.C., and how to better support activities such as monitoring, research and stewardship.

“British Columbia is known worldwide for our incredible natural heritage. In fact, we are home to more native plants and animals than any other province,” said Environment Minister Mary Polack.

“All British Columbians share the important responsibility of ensuring our incredible natural heritage is protected for generations to come. This consultation will provide valuable feedback about what is working well, and innovative solutions to protect B.C.’s species at risk for the long term.”

Beginning today until Nov. 30, the public can leave feedback on the new Species at Risk Engagement website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/SpeciesAtRisk

Input received will be used to identify priorities for new policy and programs in the months and years ahead.

On the website, the public can also learn more about shared recovery efforts currently ongoing around B.C. for the Northern Spotted Owl, Northern Leopard Frog, Western Rattlesnake and whitebark pine, with new stories being posted every week throughout the engagement period.

This consultation fulfils a commitment in the Province’s Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk in British Columbia to work together and consult with all levels of government, First Nations, conservation partners, industry and, stakeholders to ensure the successful protection of species at risk in B.C.

You can learn more about protecting species at risk by visiting the BC Species at Risk Engagement website.