West Babine Sustainable Resource Management Plan (SRMP)
- Approved Plan [pdf]
- Amendments 2012 [zip]
- SRMP Documents
- Operational Maps
- GIS Data [zip]
- Monitoring Documents
The Babine River is unique in the Skeena River drainage. Fish values in the Babine watershed are extraordinarily high and the river is world-renowned for its angling opportunities. Wildlife values are also very high, with large concentrations of grizzly bears drawn to the area during spawning time. The area has great significance to the Git x san and Lake Babine First Nations, within whose territories all or part of the plan area lies. The river has been central to the Git x san culture since time immemorial and a number of very important village sites such as Kisgegas, traditional trails, and other cultural heritage features are located there. The closest village location of the Lake Babine Nation is the village of Wu'dat, commonly called Fort Babine, which is located outside of the plan area, at the outflow end of Nilkitkwa Lake.
Nature-based tourism operations associated with the Babine draw clientele from around the world and local residents prize the river for its river-based recreation and fishing opportunities. As a reflection of its many high values, the Babine has been designated a provincial park as well as both a Class 1 Angling River and a BC Heritage River. Timber values are also significant in portions of the watershed and there is a moderate to high potential for mineral and energy development.
The West Babine SRMP has been developed to recognize the many unique and important environmental, social, cultural and economic values of the lower Babine River watershed and to manage these values in a sustainable manner. A balance between economic opportunities and sustaining ecological integrity is a key component to the plan. Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM) has consulted with First Nations and stakeholders to ensure that their values in the West Babine are addressed in the plan.
The SRMP brings together planning direction from the Babine Interim Local Resource Use Plan (LRUP) and the Kispiox Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP), into one document. The plan is written to be results-based i.e., to clearly describe the desired future condition of the landbase, allowing users of the land to apply best practices and professional knowledge to achieve the desired results. The management direction for the West Babine incorporates the best data, information, and analytical technology available at this time. A summary of the information used in developing the plan is available in the accompanying technical report. The plan has been written with the intent that management direction can be updated as better information becomes available.
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