Today I’m talking with Al Martin, who is the director of strategic initiatives with the BC Wildlife Federation.
Formed in the late 1800s, the BC Wildlife Federation is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in Canada. With more than 36,000 members, the federation is one of the largest groups in B.C. speaking and working on behalf of conservation and environmentalism. A key mission of the federation is to preserve wildlife, habitats and natural ecosystems for future generations.
People might think that the BCWF is solely the voice of anglers and hunters – and there is no question sportspeople are the bulk of members in the federation – but the fact is the federation does far more than just look out for the interests of its membership.
Many of the federation’s current initiatives focus on environmental and conservation issues that are well removed from hunting and fishing and critically important to the future of the natural landscape in British Columbia.
I talked with Al about many of these initiatives, including the fight to save the Thompson River steelhead and concerns for the preservation of the headwater valley of the Skagit River…