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Rangers patrol FN lands

A B.C. First Nation will have Aboriginal Rangers patrolling its traditional territory.

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government is enhancing stewardship of its territory through the ranger program.

Natural resource officers will take on the role of monitoring, compliance and education on the land.

The program started in 2015 and has now been expanded to include two rangers for areas outside the First Nation's title lands.

As the territory recovers from 2017 wildfires, the rangers will play a vital role in compliance on hunting and mushroom harvesting.

They will monitor rivers and waterways to ensure protection of fish habitats, and will be visible in TNG uniforms and vehicles.

“For far too long, our area has been like the Wild West with very little by way of protection of our land, waterways, wildlife, and cultural sites. Having Tŝilhqot’in Rangers and Natural Resource Officers on the land to monitor and ensure the rules and regulations of the land are followed is essential to the territory,” says Chief Joe Alphonse.

“Anyone who thinks they can come into the territory without the appropriate permit or licence should think twice about coming this way. We welcome those that want to explore and experience our territory in a respectful way that is in line with our stewardship values.”

“Our moose and steelhead populations are currently in a dire situation with extremely low numbers," adds Chief Russell Myers Ross.



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