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Recovery Strategy for Hotwater Physa

Appendix A: Record of Cooperation and Consultation

Appendix A: Record of Cooperation and Consultation

Hotwater Physa is a freshwater species under provincial jurisdiction, managed by MOE, and occurring solely within the Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park. As an aquatic species under SARA, Hotwater Physa is under federal jurisdiction, managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO): 200 - 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC., V6C 3S4.

There are few people in Canada with scientific, traditional or local knowledge of Hotwater Physa due to its isolated occurrence in northern BC and its profile is not high. To assist in the development of this recovery strategy, MOE and DFO brought together a small group of experts, to develop an initial draft of this recovery strategy.  An invitation was sent to the Kaska First Nations and Treaty 8 Tribal Association and Fort Nelson First Nation, seeking their interest in the development of the recovery strategy. There are no wildlife management boards that function within the distribution of these species.

Additional input was sought through the internet, both the initial draft (March 2006) of this proposed recovery strategy and a feedback form were available. A public notice was placed in local newspapers announcing the development of the recovery strategy, and soliciting feedback. The web site was also distributed to a specific group of potentially interested individuals, including Jacquie Lee, independent malacologist, North Vancouver, BC. and Philip Lambert, malacologist, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC.

The Kaska Dena Council responded with their support for the research proposed in the recovery strategy and expressed an interest in being involved in the research through training opportunities for their youth. They also requested to be kept up to date on the results of the research and involved in any decisions regarding the use of the Liard Hotsprings as a result of the research. The technical input received (see Acknowledgments) has been incorporated into this document. No other comments were received.

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