Regulations that guide land use activities provide the most effective ways to protect caribou areas and help recovery. In most of British Columbia, the forestry sector has the most significant current and potential impacts on caribou habitat.
We will work with this sector to bring in more caribou-friendly approaches. We will produce a Best Practice Guide: Forestry in Caribou Country, to show forest sector members how they can harvest in a hypothetical caribou habitat in ways that reduce or erase impacts on caribou.
Current legislation that regulates forest practices with respect to impacts on caribou and caribou habitat are:
- The Land Act and its Land Use Objectives
- The Forest and Range Practices Act and its Government Actions Regulation
However, conflicting goals between caribou recovery and timber production limit the effectiveness of these laws to protect caribou. The Province can ease conflicts by reviewing its forestry regulations, and make recommendations that will help support caribou recovery and forestry.
- address the economic costs of new harvesting and access,
- ensure the appraisal system provides licensees incentives for a greater emphasis on habitat restoration, and
- include guidance on how much timber can be harvested and still reach caribou recovery targets. Updated forestry rules can be put into action through herd plans, compliance, legislation and education.