WCS Canada

Species at Risk

26 February 2019
WCS Canada Comments - 10th Year Review of the ESA - February 2019

In response to the discussion paper on the 10th year review of Ontario's ESA, we provide comments on the implementation of the Act moving forward. Rather than making changes to the existing legislation, we recommend the provincial government focus instead on improving implementation of the Act by utilizing existing tools in the ESA to provide more meaningful protections for species at risk. We contend that more strategic implementation of the ESA can be accomplished without significant additional expenditures, and that failure to invest appropriately now in species at risk conservation will lead to escalating costs in the future as biodiversity deteriorates.
09 October 2018
WCS Canada Comments – Public Consultation on the Draft Conservation Plan for Grizzly Bears in Yukon – October 2018

As a strong supporter of efforts to ensure a sustainable future for grizzly bear populations in Yukon we provide comments with the hope that the Draft Plan becomes a more effective document. Through both a broad-scale analysis and detailed comments we assess the content and focus of the proposed document. The document in its current form fails to acknowledge that in order for grizzly bears to persist, limits to human activity and intensity of landscape use are necessary. Wherever possible we provide recommendations for changes to the plan.
14 June 2018
Joint Letter – BC Government - Provincial Caribou Recovery Program Discussion paper – June 2018

Comments prepared by WCS Canada’s Justina Ray and Chris Johnson (University of Northern British Columbia) to BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development on the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program Discussion Paper
22 October 2017
Joint Letter - Federal Ministers - Science and the Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy - September 2017

Following public claims by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in 2017 regarding the accuracy and relevance of science underpinning the federal Recovery Strategy for Caribou, the scientists and advisers to the Scientific Assessment to Inform the Identification of Critical Habitat for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population, in Canada (2011), the earlier Scientific Review for the Identification of Critical Habitat for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (2008), and/or the current Boreal Caribou Enhanced Analysis Project submitted this joint letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Minister of Natural Resources. See Globe and Mail on November 1, 2017. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/article36794694.ece/BINARY/scientists-letter-caribou.pdf.
16 September 2016
WCS Canada Comments - RMP in Support of Woodland Caribou Conservation and Recovery - September 2013

With the development of the Caribou Conservation Plan in 2009, Ontario acknowledged the need to manage and limit cumulative disturbance at the scale of local population ranges of caribou, but no details were provided on how the MNR would implement the necessary landscape-scale cumulative effects management beyond measuring and tracking effects. However, the current Range Management Policy (RMP) provides only limited and vague direction for how the MNR intends to manage and limit cumulative disturbances within woodland caribou population ranges in Ontario. Our main concerns about the current RMP include: a lack of mechanisms to coordinate decision making at the range scale; lack of direction on limiting new disturbance; reliance on mitigation rather than limitation of disturbance; and, an overemphasis on habitat components that don’t incorporate the entire range. The RMP should articulate a clear process and mechanism for how the MNR will coordinate decision-making at scales appropriate for caribou and establish limits to new disturbance.
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