FORESTS ARE COMPLEX ECOSYSTEMS
Our forests are complex ecosystems with multiple species and a changing climate – numerous factors are contributing to declining caribou populations.
CANADA IS A WORLD LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
The forest products sector in Canada is subject to among the most rigorous rules and regulations in the world and we manage the largest number of third-party certified and audited forests on the planet. Sustainability and supporting biodiversity is central to everything we do.
CLIMATE CHANGE is playing a role
Our warmer climate is resulting in changes in habitat that favour deer and other species vulnerable to predation from wolves and bears. This increases predation risk to caribou, and facilitates the spread of pathogens and disease.
CANADA’S FOREST PRODUCTS SECTOR IS PART OF THE SOLUTION
The forest products sector is in a unique position to be part of the solution in supporting caribou populations. As our professional foresters and biologists work in Canada’s forests, we actively manage our forest, harvest and plant trees with local species and ecosystems in mind. We have been sharing our research and worked closely with local Indigenous communities, governments and community leaders, and environmental partners.
MOST CARIBOU LIVE OUTSIDE MANAGED FORESTS
Roughly 70% of the woodland caribou’s range is located outside of forest management units and therefore is not directly impacted by forest-related activities.
WORKING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE IS CRITICAL
Landscapes change from nation to nation, treaty to treaty and province to province. It is critical that Indigenous Peoples are consulted and treaties respected as part of any caribou plan.
AFFECTED COMMUNITIES MUST BE REPRESENTED IN THE PROCESS
In some parts of Canada, communities – including Indigenous communities - that may be significantly affected by this matter have not been represented on any of the committees discussing caribou planning and local implementation of the Species at Risk Act.
WITHDRAWING LARGE TRACTS OF LAND WILL HURT RURAL AND NORTHERN FAMILIES
If the government withdraws large tracts of forest lands from sustainable forest management without recognizing regional and best-available science and knowledge, we could lose dozens of mills and thousands of good jobs in communities across rural and northern Canada. Government owes it to these communities to commit to socio-economic analyses for all regions.