OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Conserving wildlife is integral to Canada's natural environment, and it supports our health and economy. The Government of Canada is committed to working with the provinces, territories, Indigenous people, and stakeholders to manage and support the recovery of species at risk.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Environment for British Columbia, the Honourable Mary Polak, released today the final report from the joint Canada-British Columbia study on the protection of southern mountain caribou and their habitat.
The full report is available on the Species at Risk Public Registry and is open to public comment for a period of 30 days.
The study will inform provincial and federal decision-making with respect to the ongoing protection and recovery of southern mountain caribou and its critical habitat.
"Our government is committed to the protection and recovery of Canada's species at risk, such as southern mountain caribou, using conservation measures based on sound science and robust recovery plans. The joint study is an important step to ensure the continued protection and recovery of this iconic species."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
"This important study compliments the extensive efforts already happening in British Columbia, including efforts to increase caribou populations, protect and restore habitat, and manage predators and recreation activities. It will also help inform our recently announced $27-million comprehensive caribou recovery program."
– The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment for British Columbia