Natural Resource Development

Joint Comment - Proposed changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act - January 2020
Our President and Senior Scientist, Dr. Justina Ray and Dr. Ian Thompson (Thompson Forest Consultants Ltd.) provide comments to the Ontario Government's proposed changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.
WCS Canada Comments - Trout Lake Forest Long Term Management Direction - January 2020
We provide comments to Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on their proposed long-term Forest Management Plan for the Trout Lake Forest. We highlight: 1) the inadequacy of the plan to address the potential effects of new road development on boreal wildlife; 2) the inadequacy of the plan to measure and address cumulative effects as they pertain to caribou and wolverine; 3) the lack of a management plan for the “Z-Blocks”; and 4) insufficient consideration of wolverine habitat.
WCS Canada Comments - Renewable Electricity Panel Yukon - November 2019
We provide comments to the Renewable Electricity Panel of Yukon Government and Yukon Energy Corp. as they prepare advice on options for providing renewable electricity within Yukon’s future system of energy supply. We recommend that instead of considering large-scale hydroelectric projects, further exploration, careful watershed based planning, and hopefully development of small-scale hydroelectric development. In addition, we recommend that biomass energy be dropped from the government’s priorities, and that the equivalent resources be directed instead towards development of energy from renewables that are more aptly described as “low carbon”.
WCS Canada Comments - Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy - November 2019
We provide comments on Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Sustainable Bait Management Strategy. We support some of the proposed initiatives, including requirement of receipts and documentation for anglers using bait, and the emphasis placed on education and training for industrial and recreational harvesters involved in the bait industry in Ontario. However, there is room for improvement to reduce the ecological risk that the bait industry poses to freshwater systems in Ontario.
WCS Canada Comments - Recommended Whitehorse and Southern Lakes Forest Resources Management Plan - October 2019
We provide comments on the Yukon government's 2019 Forest Resources Management Plan for the Whitehorse and Southern Lakes area.
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