Tree Frog Forestry News

Parks seen as key to climate-change fight

March 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Climate change is a major reason the Canadian government should establish a long-sought national park in the South Okanagan region, according to Peter Wood. “All the species in the massive grasslands to the south, as they feel the need to move northward to achieve a cooler climate, they have to pass through a narrow bottleneck near Osoyoos,” the terrestrial campaigns director for the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society told the Georgia Straight by phone from downtown Vancouver. “If that’s just chock full of development, they’ll reach a dead end, and those species will die out.”.. According to Wood, large parks are needed to provide a “safe haven” for species dealing with the effects of global warming. He asserted that they also play an important role in climate-change mitigation as carbon sinks.