Land management plan includes recognition of conservation and cultural
values, with strong economic activities
OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative
congratulates the Kaska First Nation and the Government of British
Columbia for designing and implementing a resource management plan that
balances resource sharing with land conservation and indigenous
The Dease Liard Strategic Resource Management Plan covers Ne'āh', an
'island' mountain range nestled between the Cassiar Mountains and the
Liard Plains in northern British Columbia.
"This agreement offers an ambitious and thoughtful ecosystem protection
plan, which takes full account of cultural and historical values," said
Larry Innes, Executive Director of CBI. "The Kaska First Nation and
Government of BC have shown us that resource management can be done in
a way that avoids conflict and uncertainty by making decisions in full
Under the plan, a new conservancy area will be protected under
provincial legislation, and a land use zone (Gu Cha Duga, "for the
grandchildren" in a Kaska Dene dialect), which will be managed for
cultural values. Nearly 6000 km2 (600,000 ha) will be designated for protection under this plan. This
Ne'āh' area has a large concentration of diverse cultural sites, sacred
areas, and rich wildlife.
"As Canadians, we are deeply grateful for the Kaska First Nation's
efforts to maintain the Gu Cha Duga Zone's cultural values, ecosystem
integrity and natural backcountry characteristics," said Mr. Innes. "We
commend the Government of British Columbia for working cooperatively
with the Kaska First Nation to implement a shared management plan."
In addition to being home to caribou, moose, Stone's sheep, mountain
goat, bears, groundhogs and small furbearers, the Deadwood Lake portion
of the area overlaps the western third of the Lower Kechika watershed.
This living plan has also taken into account economic possibilities, and
will provide opportunities for tourism, commercial recreation, guide
outfitting, mineral exploration and oil and gas exploration, so long as
these activities recognize and respect the main purpose of the area.
The Gu Cha Duga Zone is further intended to emphasize and market
non-traditional and innovative uses of the commercial forests such as
for carbon credits or biodiversity offsets.
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to
create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation and acts as a
catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal Forest by
governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups,
major retailers, financial institutions, and scientists.
SOURCE Canadian Boreal Initiative
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