Vernon-based Tolko Industries is praising plans to protect caribou in Manitoba.
The Manitoba government and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement working group, have created a new woodland caribou recovery strategy to ensure sustainability of this sensitive species that will include special consideration of its boreal habitat.
“Tolko Industries is committed to responsible and environmentally sustainable management of our forest tenures, much of which includes caribou habitat, and we’ve been involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement right from the start,” said Bob Fleet, vice-president of forestry, environment and communications for Tolko, which has operations in The Pas, Man.
“We welcome this strategy and the opportunity to work with the province on caribou recovery.”
The 10-year plan ensures management decisions will balance the demand for boreal forest resources with boreal caribou conservation.
The CBFA, which was signed in May 2010, includes seven environmental organizations, the Forest Products Association of Canada, its 18-member companies, and Kruger Inc.
It currently applies directly to more than 73 million hectares across the country.