Interview: B.C. government caribou program director on Revelstoke concerns about consultation process

We spoke with Darcy Peel, the Director of the B.C. Caribou Recovery Program for the B.C. government, to seek answers to Revelstoke community concerns about the ongoing draft caribou recovery plan consultation process.

Volunteer Wildlife Ecologist Alex Taylor (Golder Associates) unload mother caribou in this file photo. Photo: Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild

Ahead of the B.C. government’s Revelstoke open house on the draft caribou recovery program on April 15, we contacted Darcy Peel, the Director of the B.C. government’s Caribou Recovery Program within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

In this interview, Aaron Orlando from relayed community concerns about the ongoing consultation process to Peel for his response. Why the short consultation period? How can stakeholders provide meaningful input with the incomplete information provided in the draft plan? What are the implications for forestry and backcountry recreation? What will the socio-economic impacts be? Where are the specifics such as mapping? What is the nature of the dynamics between the federal and provincial governments on this plan?

The Mountaineer has reported on the caribou issue for over a year, since the federal government stepped in under the Species at Risk Act. For background on the issue, see our caribou story archives here.

The caribou consultation open house is at the Revelstoke Community and Aquatic Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

Listen to our interview with Darcy Peel here: