Fund­ing to pro­tect Wood­land Cari­bou

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint -

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.

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