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About one-half of Canada's annual wood harvest comes from the Boreal Forest, making a sizable contribution to the more than $400 million in annual government payments from the forest sector

 

New report:

Intact Habitat Landscapes and Woodland Caribou on the Island of Newfoundland

caribouWoodland caribou in Newfoundland have recently experienced a steep and rapid decline. While predation on caribou calves is a key reason for this decline, habitat alteration from human land use and activities can result in functional habitat loss - a decline in caribou occupancy well beyond the immediate footprint of the disturbance. Disturbed areas also allow predators easier access to caribou herds.

Recommendations in this report include:

  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador adopt a landscape-level approach to caribou management that seeks to maintain large intact habitat landscapes across the Island of Newfoundland.
  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador apply a temporary deferral on all new forest harvesting and road building within intact habitat landscapes that support caribou until the completion of the 5 year Caribou Strategy, the 2013 Sustainable Forest Management Strategy and the conclusion of the Adaptive Management Research Project.
  • The government of Newfoundland and Labrador implement the Natural Areas System Plan and prioritize protecting candidate areas that overlap with caribou occupancy areas.

Click here to download Intact Habitat Landscapes and Woodland Caribou on the Island of Newfoundland

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Related documents

Full report: Intact Habitat Landscapes and Woodland Caribou on the Island of Newfoundland

Related report: Keeping woodland caribou in the boreal forest: Big challenge, immense opportunity

Background document:

About woodland caribou

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Contact:

For more information, please contact Suzanne Fraser, 613-552-7277

 




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