Vaseux–Bighorn National Wildlife Area Management Plan: chapter 6

6. Security, Health and Safety

Responses to environmental and other emergencies will follow the established course of action for the Vaseux area: the RCMP will be the main contact for most emergencies, and in the case of environmental emergencies, contact will be made with the Canadian Wildlife Notification System, at 1-800-663-3456.

Management activities to improve the protection of public health and safety and reduce the risk of hazardous occurrence will include constructing and repairing fencing along the perimeter of the National Wildlife Areas (NWA) , and erecting appropriate signage.

All reasonable efforts will continue to be made to protect the health and safety of the public, including adequately informing visitors of any known or anticipated hazards or risks. Furthermore, Environment Canada staff will take all reasonable and necessary precautions to ensure their own health and safety and that of their co-workers. However, visitors (including researchers and contractors) must make all reasonable efforts to inform themselves of risks and hazards and must be prepared and self-sufficient. Natural areas have inherent dangers, and proper precautions must be taken by visitors, recognizing that Environment Canada staff do not regularly patrol, or offer services for visitor safety in, NWAs.

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