BC Premier Christy Clark used the BC Natural Resource Forum to announce $27 million on a comprehensive, caribou recovery program
“We’re taking action to protect the long-term survival of the woodland caribou,” says Clark. “We’ve already invested millions of dollars and set aside critical habitat, but stronger action is required to reverse population declines, and ensure that our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to experience these animals in the wild.”
The comprehensive program will build on existing efforts and will have five key components:
Critical caribou habitat protection and restoration
Research and monitoring
Increased compliance and enforcement
There are 51 woodland caribou herds in British Columbia divided into four groups: southern mountain, central mountain, northern mountain, and boreal.
The B.C. government is committed to actions that will help recover populations of species at risk. The additional investments in caribou recovery will try to reverse the decline in caribou populations. Today there are some 19,000 caribou in the province, compared to between 30,000 and 40,000 at the turn of the last century.