OTTAWA, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Environmentalists and forest companies who are
signatories to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA)
welcome the public consultations on woodland caribou protection
announced today by the government of Ontario. The CBFA is an historic
agreement between 9 environmental organizations and 21 forestry
companies that has caribou conservation as one of its key goals. CBFA
signatories have developed recommendations that protect threatened
caribou while safeguarding jobs. They urge the Ontario government to
consider their recommendations, which they believe can deliver a
"win-win" situation for both caribou and the forest sector .
"We want to help find a solution to this important issue that minimizes
further disturbance of needed caribou habitat. This will allow time to
conduct research that can show whether or not local caribou populations
are healthy." said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of the Forest
Products Association of Canada.*
Janet Sumner, Executive Director of CPAWS- Wildlands League added that,
" it is important to maintain the viability and health of the forest
industry along with protecting caribou. Existing forestry operations
would not be disrupted by our proposed measures to protect this
We believe there can be a bright future for both forest industry jobs
and woodland caribou in northern Ontario. Getting us there requires
ensuring that environmental sustainability is the basis for industry
prosperity. Doing so will enable Ontario's forest industry to compete
effectively in an increasingly 'green' global market place.
The CBFA joint recommendations include:
Minimizing the industrial footprint within caribou ranges contingent
upon ensuring that long-term, secure and economic wood supply is
available to existing mills,
Monitoring populations of woodland caribou to ensure their long term
health and recovery, and to better understand caribou re-occupancy of
previously disturbed habitats.
Offsetting the incremental costs of best practices such as road
deactivation and enhanced silviculture.
Reviewing all new industrial proposals through a cumulative effects
screening tool that operates at the caribou range level.
Implementing an adaptive management by government for population
monitoring and recovery of the species on an ongoing basis.
The CBFA signatories wish to work with other stakeholders and the
Ontario government to explore these recommendations.
CBFA signatories believe both successful forest conservation and
business competitiveness require effective involvement of Aboriginal
peoples and their governments. The signatories are committed to such
involvement taking place in a manner that is respectful of and engages
these Aboriginal rights, title, interests, and aspirations.
*FPAC members are responsible for two-thirds of Canada's certified
forests. In Ontario, FPAC represents AbitibiBowater, Tembec, and
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