Conservation App

Be a wildlife hero

Conservation at your fingertips

A new version of the BC Wildlife Federation Conservation App is now available for iPhone and Android users.

You will now have the latest fishing and hunting regulations at your fingertips. Map details are clearer with an improved user interface, and the app is now easier to use offline.

The app makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of our natural resources. The app works both in and out of service using your phone’s GPS. Reports are sent to a secure server and the forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency.

When a user sends a report, they will have the ability to make the report public or confidential. The goal of making these reports public is to raise awareness about these issues and help prevent further violations. If the user chooses “public,” a moderator will then review the report to determine if it should be placed on the public website. Personal information about the app user who reported the violation will not be disclosed on the public website.

There are millions of British Columbians who enjoy spending time in the backcountry and are passionate about conserving and protecting our natural resources. The app gives them another tool to protect our natural resources for future generations. So become a wildlife warrior with the conservation app and help protect our fish, wildlife and habitat.

The BCWF mapping website is a public website that can display environmental abuses submitted by users and to help increase awareness about the threats facing natural resources around the province.

British Columbians are passionate about protecting their environment, wildlife and natural resources. We welcome more eyes and ears across the province to help guard against illegal activities that can harm our ecosystems and beautiful natural spaces. Thank you to the BC Wildlife Federation for bringing the public awareness to ongoing conservation efforts.

Doug Forsdick, Chief Conservation Officer, B.C. Conservation Officer Service

App violation types

  • Pollution: Examples include illegal dumping of household materials, dumping a foreign substance such as waste water into a body of water, or burning outside of permitted times or without a permit.

  • Forestry: This could include unlawful harvest of timber, unauthorized destruction of a forest service road, log theft, illegal use/damage of a recreational site, unauthorized construction of a permanent structure.

  • Wildlife: Examples include hunting out of season, hunting in a closed area, discharging a firearm in a no-shooting area, hunting at night with the aid of a light. It could also be used to report activities such as attracting bears, or interfering with a lawful hunt.

  • Water: Examples include suspicious or illegal pumps in creeks, illegal water withdrawal/use, or reporting a watercraft (motorized or not) travelling into BC which had not been inspected for mussels.

  • Damage: Examples include destruction of fish or riparian habitat, illegal road/trail construction, illegal off-road vehicle use, mud-bogging, dumping contaminated waste, or operating a motorized vehicle above elevation restrictions.

  • Salmon/Saltwater: This option is for reporting anyone engaged in salmon or saltwater poaching or infractions.

  • Blocking Public Access: Examples include illegally fencing or gating public roads, illegally fencing crown land, or blocking access to a public road by a vehicle.

  • Fish: Examples include exceeding the daily quota of fish, angling during closures, fishing with prohibited gear.

  • ATV: This could include users operating in areas where snowmobiling and ATV use is closed (i.e. access management or caribou recovery areas). It could also include ATVs without license plates or users not wearing helmets.

  • Grazing: Examples Include when livestock are on land which does not have a grazing tenure, or after the take home date when livestock must be removed based on range use plans.

  • Other: If you are unsure where the violation falls select the “Other” option.

Photo: Anthony Bucci

Become a wildlife warrior

Download the BCWF Conservation App and get the latest fishing and hunting regulations at your fingertips.

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