In late August 2008, the B.C. Minister of Forests and Range announced that under the "Resource Management Coordination Project," the Province would increase environmental monitoring and protection in northwest B.C. The ministries of Forests and Range, Environment, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and the Integrated Land Management Bureau, share inspection and enforcement staff and equipment to ensure specific environmental standards are being upheld. Staff from each Ministry are able to investigate and enforce matters such as open burning regulations, land and mine inspections, and waste management practices covered under the Environmental Management Act. The project currently includes staff based in Prince Rupert, Dease Lake, Kitimat, Terrace, and Smithers. The Ministry of Environment has also hired more year-round conservation officers to increase the Ministry’s presence on the ground.
It is expected that the project will be expanded to the Omineca, Thompson-Okanagan, and South Coast areas and incorporated into the provincial compliance strategy.