Province has new protections in place for Kootenay Boundary wildlife species

The province has new protections in place when it comes to supporting wildlife species in the Kootenay Boundary.

The government has issued an order to make sure that nests, dens, salt licks and other important wildlife habitat features are protected when forestry and range activities are carried out.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman says while the province prepares comprehensive species at risk legislation, they want to make sure that special habitat features are identified, and kept intact during the course of day to day  operations.

Forestry operators and range tenure holders will be offered training to help them identify and take the necessary steps to not disturb the targeted wildlife habitat features. 

The new protection order, the first of its kind in B.C., will take effect this July and will only apply  to the Kootenay Boundary region for now, with the hope to roll it out province-wide in the future.