B.C. caribou are getting their habitats restored

Millions are going to protecting the habitats of B.C. caribou. In British Columbia, Canada, the native caribou population…
B.C. caribou

Millions are going to protecting the habitats of B.C. caribou.

In British Columbia, Canada, the native caribou population has seen their habitats suffer. The degradation of these habitats is because of human activities. Among others, these include “forestry, mining, oil and gas exploration.”

But the government in B.C. is supporting some new human activities that should help the caribou populations, not harm them.

The caribou populations in B.C. are important to the province, but they have been in decline:

British Columbia is home to the woodland caribou, Rangifer tarandus caribou. The herds found in its mountainous mature forests are an important part of the natural ecosystem and the rich biodiversity of the province. Unfortunately… their population has declined from 40,000 to about 15,000, provincewide.

BC Government

So, B.C. has promised $47 million that will go toward keeping caribou around. Over a three-year period, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will be getting a total of $8.5 million. Last year, the government gave the foundation grants for 11 projects—or around $1.2 million.

This year, the conservation has approved another seven projects. The B.C. government will fund these with grants totalling almost $1.1 million.

The Habitat Conservation Trust takes applications for conservation projects. They will see the next wave of applications during the September to November period.

Hopefully, these new projects will find new ways to help the caribou without harming wolves, because a recent study showed that culling wolves didn’t help the situation:

The study by researchers from Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the universities of Alberta, British Columbia and Victoria found killing wolves has had “no detectable effect” on reversing the decline of endangered caribou populations.

The Canadian Press

The habitat restoration will, according to the B.C. government, involve tree planting. The news trees will help “to cover up old roads and seismic lines that were cleared for oil and gas exploration, which give predators clear lines of sight and access to caribou.”

Article source: The Canadian Press

Featured image source: BC Government

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