Tree Frog Forestry News

Adding clarity to national coverage of caribou recovery

By Evan Saugstad, former mayor, Chetwynd
Alaska Highway News
May 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Evan Saugstad

As a former resident and mayor of Chetwynd, and someone who has worked with West Moberly First Nation on developing community-to-community agreements, obtaining a joint community forest tenure, and one who has sat across the table in consultations for both the forestry and energy industry for more than 20 years, I would like to add a bit more clarity around Maclean’s latest article, dated April 29, and titled ‘Caribou, wolves and the battle tearing apart northeastern B.C.’ B.C.’s caribou herds have declined and continue to do so, but not necessarily for the reasons pointed out — industry and climate change. B.C.’s largest caribou herds live further north in areas with no industry, no habitat destruction, and, by and large, in protected and park areas. They too suffer the same types of declines. …Although there are many explanations and theories, each herd has a differing reason as to why they are in decline. 

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