Recovery strategy for woodland caribou

Environment Canada is working to complete its National Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada. The proposed National Recovery Strategy (NRS) is posted at

A significant part of the NRS is the use of range disturbance thresholds as a means of protecting critical habitat to maintain caribou herds that are likely to be self-sustaining. The proposed NRS adopted a 60% probability of persistence, which equates to a 65% threshold of undisturbed habitat on each range.

NCASI prepared technical analyses of selected aspects of the NRS for use by members in preparing comments and evaluating potential effects of the NRS on boreal forest management and wood supplies. For example, NCASI prepared an analysis of the NRS model that defines relationships between probability of persistence and the amount of habitat available for management on caribou ranges across Canada.

Due to the number of comments received from NCASI and the Forest Products Association of Canada during the extended comment period, Environment Canada plans to release the final version of the NRS in late spring 2012.


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