Tree Frog Forestry News

Caribou and forestry can co-exist

August 4, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing in regards to the draft range plan recently released under Alberta’s Caribou Action Plan, which attempts to address the preservation of the Little Smoky and A La Peche herds located around Grande Cache. While no one can argue the importance of preserving the natural beauty and wonder of local wildlife around us, the Alberta government’s approach has me greatly concerned. …As it currently sits, the Little Smoky/A La Peche Draft Range Plan will cost jobs within my community and beyond. Local mills will be forced to cut shifts due to the reduced availability of fibre (logs). … Yes, the province must develop a range plan under the federal Species at Risk Act, but why not work to develop one that protects jobs and caribou? The forestry industry has previously worked successfully with governments and ENGOs (Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations) to ensure that our logging practices minimize impacts on at-risk species.