Climate Change and Caribou

See the impact climate change is having on Canada's caribou population

Climate change, caribou and the forest products sector

Climate change is impacting our forests and this is having an impact on all wildlife species and their habitats, including woodland caribou.

We only need to look to this year’s B.C. forest fires – the worst in the province’s history – and pest outbreaks from the mountain pine beetle in the west to the spruce budworm in the east to see how climate change is changing Canada’s forest environment.

Any government plans related to Canada’s forests must clearly factor in climate change effects – including the government’s approach to caribou recovery.

Today, we must be thinking about the forest of the future.

Climate change and caribou

Climate change is posing a significant threat to the woodland caribou’s persistence. The expansion of the white-tailed deer population northward is seeing it expand into boreal caribou ranges, increasing predator populations and predation of boreal caribou, and facilitating the spread of pathogens and disease.

Warmer winter temperatures are increasing ice-free periods and therefore increasing difficulty for caribou to travel on or around water bodies. Climate change has the potential – on its own – to extirpate caribou inhabiting southern regions of their global extent.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is important to the persistence of woodland caribou and the sustainability of Canada’s forested ecosystem.

By actively managing our forests, Canada’s forest products sector can be a solutions provider in the fight against climate change.

Climate change and Canada's forest products sector

Canada’s forest products industry punches above its weight when it comes to mitigating climate change.

Our forests play a critical role in the global carbon cycle — absorbing tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in trees and soil.

Our pledge to fight climate change

The Canadian forest products industry is pledging to remove 30 megatonnes of CO2 a year by 2030 – more than 13% of the Canadian government’s emissions reduction target under the Paris Agreement.

To see more on how Canada’s forest products sector is doing its part to fight climate change through work in our forests, at our mills and through the products we make, click here.

Join thousands of Canadians and tell your local MP right now that a caribou plan needs to consider the role climate change is playing on populations of species at risk.

There is too much at stake for rushed plans that won't work and will hurt local economies. Use the form below to send a letter right now to your local representatives, telling them that you support the right plan for caribou that also makes sure our forest industry remains strong.