Establishing a Wildlife Management Area could save B.C.’s most biologically diverse region from catastrophic collapse.
- The Heart of the Fraser is an incredibly diverse mosaic of floodplains, side channels, wetlands, and gravel bars, and islands that are home to dozens of important species of birds, amphibians, and fish, including the Fraser River White Sturgeon and all five Pacific salmon species.
- Dikes and human development have already cut off salmon from 85 per cent of their floodplain habitat in the area. Some of those salmon runs are on the verge of collapse, which has already led to the closure of commercial, recreational and First Nations fisheries.
- The traditional abundance of food sources in the area has sustained local First Nations for thousands of years as well as many diverse land and water species.