Vancouver Hunter: This news is a small step in the right direction, but it comes too lake for the Selkirk Mountains' grey ghost herd. Truly sad news this week... Here is the press release from the ministry of FLNRO from April 13, 2018:
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has been granted $2 million
to aid in caribou habitat restoration, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource
Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced
during his address at the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s annual conference.
were about 40,000 caribou in B.C. in the early 1900s. Today, there are
only about 19,000 caribou left,” said Donaldson. “We need to do whatever
we can to help enhance and recover caribou habitat to rebuild the
numbers of this iconic species.”
The Province is creating a
comprehensive caribou recovery program that includes engagement with
Indigenous communities, industry, recreationalists and the public. The
program is intended to conserve and recover populations of the 54
caribou herds in British Columbia. Caribou habitat restoration is a key
component of recovery efforts.
Roads, trails, right-of-ways and
seismic lines have changed the landscape where caribou live. This makes
them vulnerable to predators, such as wolves, bears and cougars. The
Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund will help to disrupt these lines of
sight and travel – through reforestation, fencing, fertilization and
other measures – to restore the caribou’s habitat and to decrease
“We are pleased that the Province has chosen to
partner with us to help recover lost caribou habitat,” said Brian
Springinotic, chief executive officer, Habitat Conservation Trust
Foundation. “The goals of the provincial caribou recovery efforts
directly align with the foundation’s mandate to improve conservation
outcomes for British Columbia’s wildlife.”
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Province are working to finalize program details.
its inception in 1981, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has
invested over $170 million in grant money to more than 2,500
conservation projects in B.C., with the goal to restore, maintain or
enhance native fish and wildlife populations and habitats.
For more information about the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, visit: http://hctf.ca/