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FPAC WELCOMES PROGRESS REPORT ON CARIBOU RECOVERY AND COMMITS TO SUPPORTING FURTHER ACTION

Forest Products Association of Canada and its members welcomed the release yesterday of the 5-Year Progress Report on Implementation of the Recovery Strategy for Boreal Caribou. Like all Canadians, we want to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to help caribou recovery and, like many academics and environmental organizations, we believe decisions must be based on sound science, local knowledge and the most recent research. It is important to understand that our forests are complex ecosystems with hundreds of species of mammals, birds and fish.
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Forest industry will work with scientists to save caribou in Ontario

Many in the forest sector read with interest this column by Rachel Plotkin of the David Suzuki Foundation and Tim Gray of Environmental Defence. Like all Canadians, those of us in the forest sector want to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to help caribou recovery and, like many environmental organizations, believe decisions must be based on sound science and the most recent research.
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Resource firms face tougher rules if provincial action on threatened caribou deemed lacking

By Shawn McCarthy - Globe and Mail The federal government is warning it will impose tougher rules for resource companies working in the boreal forest unless provinces act to protect endangered caribou. Companies involved in oil and gas, mining and forestry are facing a call from scientists and environmental groups that many threatened boreal caribou herds face extinction unless urgent action is taken to protect and restore habitat.
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The boreal caribou preservation plan could cost over $740 million a year

Montreal, October 3, 2017 – The attempt to save 79 caribou a year could cost 5,675 direct jobs in the province of Quebec and more than $741 million in lost economic activity, according to calculations carried out by the MEI based on the federal government’s recommendations. Ottawa had given the provinces until October 5 to submit their plans in this matter.
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Forest Sector Launches Website Campaign to Share Facts on Caribou

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has launched a new website – cariboufacts.ca – to share facts with Canadians about caribou herds and to urge the federal government to build caribou plans that address the many complex factors that are impacting caribou populations across the country. FPAC also wants to ensure that the government’s plans don’t unnecessarily put rural and northern jobs at risk.
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Federal Government fails to see forest for the trees in caribou recovery

Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada wrote an op-ed in the The Hill Times discussing Canada's Caribou Recovery Strategy. Click the button below to read the full article (PDF).
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Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce hosting forum on upcoming Caribou Range Plan

Michelle Jones, chief administrative officer of the chamber, said the forum’s goal is to make the public aware of the potential for a “serious backlash for economic impact on our community” if the plan isn’t conceived properly. “We feel as the voice of the business community that it’s our job to make sure that the public and all the businesses are aware of what the range plan actually looks like and what it could mean to us, so ... they have the opportunity to voice their own concerns,” she added.
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Northern mayors win concession in Species at Risk battle

“The government’s proposed Species at Risk legislation, they contend, only takes a “species-first approach” toward environmental species without taking into account socioeconomic considerations to communities”
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Wilfred King of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation comments

“Wilfred King of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation charged that the ministry has not conducted any studies to show whether caribou protections will impact the habitat and numbers of moose, an animal that's a traditional food source for his people.” King said the government has unilaterally defined the endangered species "and created caribou ranges and prescriptions within my immediate territory without our knowledge or consent. I will not stand for that."
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Regional Chief Pierre Pelletier of the Northern Superior Chiefs comments

“Regional Chief Pierre Pelletier of the Northern Superior Chiefs said a plan to set aside large tracts of land for caribou holds the potential for catastrophic socio-economic impacts on First Nations in the Robinson-Superior Treaty area.” Pelletier said caribou protection will reduce the moose population, a strategy he described as "playing with nature".
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