Ryan Moffatt, a BCWF member recently met with his MLA Renee Merrifield to discuss the importance of funding, wildlife conservation and science-based management. He described his experience as follows:
“Meeting with my local MLA was a very simple yet rewarding experience. While preparing for the meeting I used BCWF’s Best Practices for Meeting with Elected Officials online videos to better understand how to present the correct information in a professional manner. The process to schedule a meeting was easy and took no time at all. We discussed the importance of science-based habitat and wildlife management, government funding with a focus on all licensing fees to go directly back to conservation. Furthermore, we briefly touched on B.C.’s road density issue. I believe the meeting went very well and she even asked me first when I would like to meet again to further discuss these issues. I would encourage all members to connect with their local MLA, for the thirty minutes of time it takes for each meeting, it can make a huge difference. We can definitely make a change but we need everyone’s help to do so. I am glad to be able to play a role in conserving B.C.’s wildlife and habitat and I am looking forward to my next meeting to further discussions on improving conservation in B.C.”
Have you met with your MLA and signed the BCWF letter to the Premier to support conservation, hunting and angling in B.C.?
Get started and access our best practices videos below to book and prepare a meeting with an elected official. Participate in the letter campaign “Protect the Future of Hunting in B.C.”
Best Practices for Meeting with Elected Officials
Now is the time to invest, conserve, protect and restore our landscapes and wildlife to stabilize and restore what makes British Columbia special. This requires a commitment from the province to re-establish British Columbia as a world leader in fish, wildlife and habitat management. As passionate conservationists, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, it is important to voice your concerns to your elected officials on government decisions affecting fish, wildlife and their habitat.
As passionate conservationists, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, it is important to voice your concerns to your elected officials on government decisions affecting fish, wildlife and their habitat.
The BCWF has created two “Best Practices” videos to provide information and support to you. The first video outlines how to book and prepare for a meeting. The second video outlines what and how you may want to communicate during your meeting.