‘Disingenuous’ Forest Industry Campaign Tries to Undermine Protection of Endangered Caribou

By Carol Linnitt
De Smog Canada
October 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

A forestry industry lobby group is working to undermine Canada’s plans to protect endangered caribou, according to several experts. The campaign, ‘Caribou Facts,’ launched by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), is designed to cast doubt on the science of caribou conservation. Several caribou populations in Canada are listed as threatened or endangered under the Species At Risk Act, which means provincial and federal governments are legally required to protect habitat and develop recovery plans to avoid localized extinction. Scientists have pinpointed habitat fragmentation, caused by things like oil and gas activity, seismic lines, forestry and hydroelectric development, as the leading cause of caribou declines.

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