The Kesho Trust

Muskwa-Kechika Conservation

The vision for the Muskwa-Kechika reads:

“The Muskwa-Kechika Management Area is a globally significant area of wilderness, wildlife and cultures, to be maintained in perpetuity, where world class integrated resource management decision-making is practices ensuring that resource development and other human activities take place in harmony with wilderness quality, wildlife and the dynamic ecosystems on which they depend.”

Wayne Sawchuk leads the Muskwa-Kechika Conservation Initiative in northeastern British Columbia. The Kesho Trust is very pleased to be partnering in such an important and challenging endeavour. The goal is to chart the future for a long range and viable conservation area amidst a whole host of different and competing land use interests within the region.

A very strong and coordinated conservation lobby was instrumental in having the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area established in 1998 the Ft. Nelson and Ft. St. John Land and Resource Management Plans [LRMPs]. Currently the BC government is looking to the Muskwa-Kechika Management Board to more clearly define the future of this area and how the needs of all the stakeholders within the region can be addressed. It is truly a time for implementing a strong and well articulated conservation vision to ensure the integrity of this large and critical environment in the future.

Wayne continues to be a prominent force in the evolution of the Muskwa-Kechika and he maintains strong connections with the many groups and individuals that contribute to the planning and management processes of the area. CPAWS and Yellowstone to Yukon have had long standing interests in the establishment and management of the area as part of a larger conservation strategy for BC and beyond. The Muskwa-Kechika Management Board is also an important part of the process and this group includes representation of the three affected First Nations in the region. There are also a host of other local stakeholders.

The Muskwa-Kechika Conservation Initiative requires a diverse approach that supports a conservation vision through a variety of mechanisms. The priorities for our partnership are:

  • implementation of the Muskwa-Kechika conservation vision through the 4 northeastern BC strategic land use planning processes
  • initiating a plan for the Peace Break
  • enhancing the profile of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area
  • broadening the base of support for conservation in the region

These priorities have been reflected in Wayne’s recent activity and will be carried through in the coming months.