Proposed Action Plan for Caribou – July 28, 2017

Proposed Action Plan for Caribou

July 28, 2017

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to invite residents and local stakeholders to participate in the public consultation process for an action plan on the protection of boreal caribou.

The boreal population of the woodland caribou (boreal caribou) has been listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act since 2003 and has been in decline.

“This is an important issue for our riding as the range of the caribou overlaps with local natural resource extraction and timber harvesting, which is important economic sectors within Yellowhead and Alberta as a whole,” stated MP Eglinski.

Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, and other parties are invited to take part in a series of webinars on this proposed action plan and to submit written feedback on the document by September 27, 2017.

The proposed action plan encourages provinces and territories to complete their range planning work as soon as possible. Provinces and territories are now working to develop range specific plans or other similar documents for boreal caribou by October 2017.

Effective recovery of the boreal caribou will require innovation, cooperation, and collaboration amongst the federal government, provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, industry, environmental organizations, and local communities. It will need to involve creative measures to protect and enhance habitat while also working to ensure continued economic development and job creation.

“I want to encourage all stakeholders and interested parties to participate in this consultation as it will have local impacts on our riding,” concluded MP Eglinski.

To read the proposed action plan and participate in the process, visit: http://registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=407.

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