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Quebec releases recovery strategy for woodland caribou


French release also available 

Montreal - SNAP/CPAWS Quebec applauds the provincial minister of natural resources for releasing the department\'s woodland caribou recovery strategy.  After waiting three years, the release of the recovery strategy will now put Quebec on the map with other provinces like Ontario and Manitoba in creating plans to protect this nationally threatened species.
 
Quebec has a responsibility to protect and recover this culturally important species which is considered at risk of extinction.  "Across the entire range of woodland caribou in Canada, nearly one-third of its critical habitat is located in Quebec. Several provinces have issued their own recovery plans and it was high time that the Quebec government do the same," explains Hervé Jodoin, Executive Director for SNAP Quebec.

Moving towards a "Caribou Belt"

After reading the recovery plan, however, it is clear that its recommendations alone will not ensure the government\'s objective of maintaining the population of this species throughout its range.
 
"The strategy ignores the importance of protecting large where the forest industry represents a serious threat to caribou habtiat, such as la Vallée des Montagnes blanches and the ASSINICA Broadback-Evans region. SNAP Quebec proposes  that Quebec joins with Ontario and Manitoba in establishing a \'caribou belt\' of protected areas including at least 5,000 km2 within the province to ensure the survival of woodland caribou," explains Patrick Nadeau, Conservation and Forestry Coordinador with SNAP Quebec.
 
"We firmly believe that this belt, which would begin in Quebec, and could span across Ontario and Manitoba, would contribute to the sustainability of our Boreal ecosystems and fight against climate change," continues Nadeau.
 
There are numerous opportunities available in Quebec for the protection of this important species. "Implementation of this recovery plan is an essential first step towards the creation of the caribou belt and we are ready to work with Quebec government on the development of this major conservation project," concludes Patrick Nadeau.
 
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For More information:
Sophie Paradis
Communications Coordinator
SNAP Québec
514 603-7627

www.caribouandyou.ca