Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board of Directors today approved of the Terms of Reference for the development of a Regional Deer Management Strategy. To guide the development of this strategy, the CRD is seeking 11 representatives from the public to volunteer for a Citizens Advisory Group.
The Citizens Advisory Group will prepare and recommend the management strategy and action plan to address deer-human conflicts in the region, and will include representatives from the Core, Peninsula, and West Shore sub regions, with at least three members from the commercial farming sector.
Favourable consideration will be given to those who demonstrate knowledge or experience with deer related matters and to First Nations applicants. The Citizens Advisory Group will be supported by CRD Regional Planning Staff and an Expert Resource Working Group assembled from Federal, Provincial and Academic organizations.
Participation is voluntary and members must be prepared for up to five hours of weekly meetings and materials review between April and July 2012, including the reading and comprehension of approximately 200 pages.
Interested parties are invited to review the Regional Deer Management Strategy and Citizens Advisory Group Terms of Reference and submit an application through the CRD website. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 30, 2012.
“An encroaching population of deer in agricultural and urbanized areas has been identified as an on-going issue in the Capital Region,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “We are pleased to be moving forward with the development of a regional strategy to address deer-human conflicts.”
The CRD is committed to ensuring early and ongoing communications regarding the development of the Regional Deer Management Strategy. Information and resources are available on the CRD website, which will be continuously updated as the deer management strategy evolves.
A dedicated email address: will be the principal venue for members of the public to submit input. Input and feedback opportunities and channels will be rolled out as the strategy progresses. Updates will be distributed through this email address regularly, providing information on relevant developments, opportunities for input, requests for feedback and key dates.
The Regional Deer Management Strategy will consider relevant solutions from the region’s in-progress goose management strategy, applicable deer control measures identified in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis Report, the geographic areas where deer management strategies are most needed and how to address partnership arrangements for technical expertise, funding and implementation strategies.
For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications