QUEBEC, November 5, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Pierre Dufour, established an independent boreal and mountain caribou commission and announced a series of regional public hearings in the winter of 2022 to gather participants’ views on two adaptive caribou habitat management scenarios.
Chaired by Ms. Nancy Gélinas, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics of the University Laval and professor-researcher in forest economics, this independent traveling commission will visit certain regions where boreal or mountain caribou are found, namely the Capitale-Nationale (Charlevoix), Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord , Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Nord-du-Québec and Gaspésie regions. To complete this mandate, Ms. Gélinas will be accompanied by two commissioners, Mr. Clément D’Astous and Mr. Florent Gagné, both deputy ministers in several Quebec departments. These commissioners were chosen for their expertise in the fields of sustainable development such as the environment, the social aspect and the economy.
The Commission will meet with citizens, Aboriginal communities and stakeholders from the targeted regions. People from other regions who want to address the issue of caribou can do so by submitting a brief.
The proposed scenarios are based on the analysis of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and relate, on the one hand, to the possible solutions proposed by the regional operational groups, and on the other hand, to a scenario without impact on wood supply.
At the end of the hearings scheduled for winter 2022, a report and recommendations will be sent to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and incorporated into the future strategy.
Removal of forest areas
In addition, in the wake of the announcement concerning the Commission, Minister Dufour announced the removal of nearly 155,000 hectares (1,550 km2) of paleaudified forest area of its planning for the benefit of the caribou. The minister asked the chief forester to remove the affected territories from his calculation of forestry opportunities for 2023-2028.
These paléudified landscapes provide quality habitat for boreal caribou, as evidenced by population monitoring data, which shows a strong use of these territories by this species. The malaria process consists of a gradual accumulation of organic matter caused by the prolonged absence of severe disturbances on poorly permeable soil in a landscape dominated by a flat topography.
“The creation of this independent commission, the first of its kind in Canada, and the protection of caribou-friendly territories demonstrate our government’s commitment to finding concrete and pragmatic solutions to the sustainability of caribou in Quebec. The two scenarios proposed and the public hearings to come are a continuation of these efforts and aim to paint a full and comprehensive picture of the challenges we face in achieving this goal. “
Mr. Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec region
“I had the pleasure of accepting the chairmanship of this independent commission whose work will be decisive in promoting the sustainability of the caribou and the vitality of forest regions. My team and I will make sure to cover all aspects that directly or indirectly affect this iconic species of the public, to provide insight and sustainable solutions that will guide the government in developing its strategy and making decisions. “
Ms. Nancy Gélinas, President of the Commission
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