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Woodland Boreal Caribou Range Plans – The Why, What and When
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When: May 29-2018
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Woodland Boreal Caribou Range Plans – The Why, What and When.

Presented by: CHOA Environmental Committee

 

Background

In 2003, the Boreal population of the Woodland Caribou was listed as a threatened species in Canada under the newly adopted Species at Risk Act (SARA). A recovery strategy was subsequently developed and posted by Environment Canada in October 2012 with the main goal to achieve self-sustaining local populations to the extent possible. Boreal caribou require large range areas with continuous tracts of undisturbed habitat. Their preferred habitat contains forest with abundant lichen as primary food source. The boreal caribou populations are experiencing stress due to habitat disturbance and predation, both natural and human induced.

There are 51 boreal caribou ranges in seven provinces and two territories, covering areas from the north east corner of Yukon to Labrador and south to Lake Superior. The ranges vary in size and degree of threat to the likelihood of self-sustaining a population. Northeast Alberta contains 5 caribou ranges that overlap with the oilsands resource region.

In the 2012 Recovery Strategy, range plans were prescribed as a tool to outline how land and/or resource activities will be managed to protect critical habitat. Each respective jurisdiction was given 3-5 years to complete such plans. The July 2017 Government of Canada’s proposed Action Plan emphasized that the recovery of the species requires “unprecedented commitment, collaboration and cooperation among the various groups involved in boreal caribou conservation.” Specifically, the Action Plan outlines the recovery measures that the Government of Canada is taking or will take to help achieve recovery for boreal caribou, including in three key areas: 1) Science to support recovery, including the creation of the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium to enable governments, Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders to regularly share information and lessons learned; 2) Recovery and protection activities, including section 11 agreements with provinces and territories and other interested parties as well as action on federal lands; and 3) Reporting on progress.”

As the action plans and range plans impact resource development (forestry, mining, oil and gas, aggregates), recreation use, municipalities and indigenous communities, multi-stakeholder engagement is important in the development of range plans and implementation. 

 

Purpose of CHOA session

Policy on caribou recovery will have significant impact on the oil and gas sector that operate in and around caribou ranges. Governments, along with numerous stakeholders, have conducted studies, taken action on habitat restoration and progressed plans to implement further recovery mechanisms in pursuit of boreal caribou self-sustaining populations. Understanding of the concerns regarding boreal caribou populations and the resulting implications for the industry is not broadly known. The CHOA provides technical and educational programs to its members and the general public on topics relevant to the industry. The purpose of the half-day session is to provide a general understanding on the issue to attendees and an opportunity to hear directly from a cross section of stakeholders.

 

They will have speakers from COSIA, Imperial, Devon, MEG and a representative from the office of the provincial Minister of Environment

 

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