Comments regarding the woodland caribou habitat protection approach
Environment North has submitted comments to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on March 10, 2011 regarding the woodland caribou habitat protection approach. Environment North strongly disagrees with the proposed approach that would separate the caribou habitat into different zones and provide exemptions from the Endangered Species Act for most industrial uses for some zones. The entire caribou habitat range should be subject to regulations under the Endangered Species Act.
Heidi Strobl, trained biologist, development professional and member of Environment North, has also submitted comments.
"The province needs to: protect woodland caribou, in all of its habitat, through the current legislated powers of the Endangered Speices Act; withdraw the proposal to exempt forestry, mining, and hydro industries who wish to operate in caribou habitat from the ESA; and base carou recovery on the guiding principles of (1) habitat thresholds and (2) the precautionary principle."