There is a long history of conservation in British Columbia. Stretching back to 1859, governmental forces have been working to protect the animal resources that help to first pique European interest in this great section of the Pacific Northwest. Other natural resources began to be regulated for the betterment of everyone on July 1, 1905 with the opening of the Department for the Protection of Game and Forests. Since then, plenty of new incarnations and changes have morphed into the Ministry of Environment.
As of 2016, major responsibilities for the Ministry of Environment include figuring out appropriate responses to climate change, keeping water laws updated, being prepared for environmental emergencies, and dealing with an extensive provincial parks service. Pollution and poaching are taken very seriously, with citizens encouraged to report any such behaviors. Frailty of the splendor that makes British Columbia, even with such vast natural resources available, is a very real concern.
Cultural conservation, especially surrounding First Nations Tribes, is gaining ground. Aside from the government office regulating historic places, each specific tribe under the First Nations umbrella is working hard to regain and hold on to their histories. Laws under the archaic Indian Act were extraordinarily oppressive and continue to need updating so that the indigenous people of BC can regain the respect they deserve.
Museums and living history sites abound throughout the populated regions of BC. Labor forces since the 1850s have passed down not only their bloodlines, but important pieces of the puzzle that is continuing to be built today. Since the growth of British Columbia is still in its younger phase, compared to so many locations around the world, here is a place where conservation efforts are working in a proactive manner.
Continued progress in technological advancements combined with caution where natural and cultural resources are concerned means that British Columbia will maintain its splendor forever!
BRITISH COLUMBIA NATIONAL PARKS
Much of British Columbia falls under various designations of parkland. More than 800 individual areas carry a level of protection from being cultivated or technologically advanced. Seven of these areas fall under the greater protection of being part of Canada's National Park system. These include Glacier, Gulf Islands, and Pacific Rim National Parks.
Next in line are the provincial parks, which are run by the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. It is the largest system of parks controlled by any individual Canadian province, hosting five times as much hiking trails as it does roads. Provincial parks are located across BC, from the Yukon to the US, from the Pacific to Alberta.
There is no shortage of land, and water, managed for your exploration in British Columbia. In all, nearly 13% of the province finds itself under the protection and promise of being kept in its natural state!