Conservation group welcomes new federal science report on caribou

    Calls for halt to logging and road building in remaining intact habitat

    TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ - Toronto Today Wildlands League, a chapter of the
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the release of a
groundbreaking scientific report from Environment Canada on Boreal caribou.
The report underscores the importance of protecting large areas of habitat
from human-caused threats in the Boreal Forest. It also confirms the findings
of the Ontario Woodland Caribou Science Review Panel that threats to woodland
caribou need to be managed at the range-level and significant parts of those
ranges need to be protected.
    The Environment Canada report, titled Scientific Review for the
Identification of Critical Habitat for Woodland Caribou, shows that woodland
caribou are in worse trouble than what was previously thought, the group says.
    "Woodland caribou is one of Canada's most treasured mammals, and this new
report shows that immediate action is needed in Ontario and right across the
country," says Aran O' Carroll, Manager of legal affairs and policy for the
group. CPAWS, a national conservation organization, launched a campaign last
year to protect the habitat of Boreal woodland caribou. It has resulted in
wide spread public concern for the species and thousands of letters being sent
to the federal environment minister.
    "On the heels of this new federal report, we call on the Ontario
government to revise its 'clearcutting for caribou' approach in intact
forests," says Trevor Hesselink of CPAWS Wildlands League. "It's absurd that
the province is proposing to add more known threats to this threatened
    "An immediate pause in logging, roadbuilding and other developments is
needed in critical intact caribou habitat while Ontario finalizes its plan for
woodland caribou," Hesselink states. For over two years now, CPAWS Wildlands
League has been campaigning to protect the threatened caribou and calling for
a halt to logging and road building within known caribou range.
    The critical habitat report from Environment Canada was commissioned
under the federal Species at Risk Act which requires the federal government to
identify the habitat needs of species that are considered at risk of

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For further information:

For further information: Trevor Hesselink, Forest Program Director,
CPAWS Wildlands League, cell (416) 707-9841; Aran O'Carroll, National Manager,
Legal and Regulatory Affairs, CPAWS, (613) 569-7226 x232

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