Natural resources in north-eastern British Columbia have been identified as a source of vast economic wealth. In recent years development in the resource sector, particularly in oil and gas, has seen a dramatic increase due to political and economic demands. Resource development will continue in the M-KMA while recognising, accommodating and protecting significant values including visual quality, fish and wildlife, habitat, wilderness and major river corridors.
The mountains and valleys of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area offer untapped wealth which, carefully managed, will have significant social and economic benefits in the local region as well as for all British Columbians. British Columbians, especially local residents can take pride in their role in preserving wilderness and increasing protected areas, while at the same time securing access to natural resources and creating a positive climate for continued and future investments in BC.
Companies choosing to conduct business in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area are being presented with a special opportunity to demonstrate excellence in managing resources and upholding the intent of the M-KMA. Risks to M-KMA values will be identified and planned for prior to granting any tenure.
A key management intent of the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area is that managers must look at the economic values, not in isolation of one another or of their surrounding environment, but rather as part of an integrated whole. All of the values must be managed together to achieve a long-term sustainable future for all of the values in the M-KMA.