Funding to protect Woodland Caribou
Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation has been approved by Environment and Climate Change Canada to receive $279,025 over the next two years to assist in the recovery of the Woodland Caribou.
This two-year Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk - Species at Risk Stream (AFSAR-SAR) project continues previous work to recover the Woodland Caribou, Boreal and Southern Mountain populations (listed as threatened and priority species) within the traditional territory of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation near the Town of Grande Cache, Alberta.
The Aseniwuche Winewak Nation is currently participating in the Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan to prepare and implement range plans for all Caribou herds in Alberta. This project builds upon on-theground work undertaken in Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk - Species at Risk Stream projects in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 that focused on local community engagement and training Aseniwuche Winewak Nation members to conduct monitoring during key migration periods and to provide local level knowledge and resources to developers and the Government of Alberta to support implementation of restoration of critical Woodland Caribou habitat.
This project will raise awareness and provide education to industry and the general public about local Caribou herds, the safe diversion of migrating Caribou from roadways, and monitoring activities in important Caribou habitat. Caribou patrollers will monitor primary, secondary, and other roadways during migration periods to safely divert Caribou from roads. The patrollers will distribute information packages and fact sheets and encourage the reporting of Caribou sightings, and hunters will be engaged to report animal sightings. Areas of re-vegetation to fill linear disturbance will be monitored for growth.
“This is an important issue for our riding as the range of the caribou overlaps with local natural resource extraction and timber harvesting, which are important economic sectors within Yellowhead and Alberta as a whole. It is important that investments continue to be made to protect our local wildlife, in partnership with industry and our Indigenous Peoples,” concluded MP Eglinski.
You can find details about the AFSAR contributions programs at www.ec.gc.ca/financement-funding/default.asp?lang=En&n=923047A0-1.