Alberta misses deadline for Caribou Range Plan

By Peter Shokeir
Whitecourt Star
October 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“We were eagerly waiting to see strong caribou range plans, but that didn’t happen,” said Kecia Kerr, executive director of the Northern Alberta Chapter for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. …Brent Wittmeier, spokesperson for Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips, said the province would release the Little Smoky and A La Peche Caribou Range Plan in the near future. “The current federal government has made it clear that Alberta needs to follow through with plans to protect our 15 caribou ranges, but has also recognized that necessary work is well underway after years of inaction under the previous government,” Wittmeier said.   …Ray Hilts is the director of the Alberta Forest Alliance, which represents regional forestry businesses. He said the delay wasn’t necessarily bad since caribou recovery is complex. 

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