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Canada A conservation group criticized Quebec over caribou. So the province cut ties with them

18:27  12 december  2019
18:27  12 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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He also criticized the province ’s decision, announced this week, to remove protection for some 460 square kilometres of woods in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, which had been previously designated protected caribou habitat. Forcier said the decision was made mostly because no caribou had been

He also criticized the province ’s decision, announced this week, to remove protection for some 460 square kilometres of woods in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, which had been previously designated protected caribou habitat. Forcier said the decision was made mostly because no caribou had been

The Quebec government has ended its partnership with a conservation group after it criticized the forest ministry for not doing enough to protect caribou herds.

Action Boréale, based in Val-d'Or, had partnered with the government to develop a strategy to protect the endangered herds in the area.

The group posted on its Facebook page that Francis Forcier, the director of strategic mandates with Quebec's Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, was responsible for the crisis due to his inaction on the caribou file.

The statement was in reaction to news that the ministry was going to lift a ban on logging operations in three forest ranges in the Lac Saint-Jean area.

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The group wanted the public to know why the file wasn't progressing, said Henri Jacob, the president of Action Boréale.

"Unfortunately, people are really camped in their positions," he said. "It doesn't seem like the caribou have a voice at the table."

The ministry responded by severing ties with the group and sending a legal notice demanding that they remove the post.

a deer standing in a rocky area: The caribou herds in both the Val-d'Or and Charlevoix regions herds have fewer than 30 caribou. © Provided by cbc.ca The caribou herds in both the Val-d'Or and Charlevoix regions herds have fewer than 30 caribou.

Ministry calls behaviour 'unacceptable'

In a statement, the ministry said the post was "practically an intimidation attempt" toward one of its employees.

"We are surprised. Surprised and we find that it's an unacceptable way to characterize this file," said Christian Therrien, the communications director for the ministry.

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“Across the country there’s over 60 caribou ranges. Seventy percent of them are declining. While British Columbia ranks among the provinces that is doing the most to protect caribou , what they are doing is far from enough, Hebblewhite said.

He also criticized the province ’s decision, announced this week, to remove protection for some 460 Forcier said the decision was made mostly because no caribou had been seen in the area in several Jacob is also critical of the government’s plan to kill wolves, noting they can actually help keep herds

He said that Forcier is a career public servant and that "this stops here." The ministry will move forward with other partners, such as the municipalities and universities in the area, as well as industry associations.

Earlier this week, the ministry also criticized a biologist from the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent criticized plans to kill wolves as a way to protect the population, and said that human activity should be limited in crucial areas instead.

Pierre Dufour, minister for forests, wildlife and parks, said it was easy for Saint-Laurent to say that "from his ivory tower at the university in Rimouski."

Saint-Laurent did his post-doctoral internship on caribou.

As for Action Boréale, Jacob said the group will continue to work on the file, with or without the ministry's involvement.

But at this rate, he said he is not optimistic that the caribou herd will survive.

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Over the last three decades, these groups have continued to call for the Val-d’Or’s remaining habitat to be Capturing the herd would have required chasing them through the forest with helicopters and Quebec ’s announcement to move the Val-d’Or herd was widely criticized and derided by the public

According to the latest estimates, Quebec 's boreal caribou population may be just under 7,400 individuals, with about 2,750 of them in areas where Despite this small number spread over a huge territory, environmental groups seek to padlock the forests so as potentially to save a few animals or

a person posing for the camera: Henri Jacob, the president of Action boréale, said the group will continue to push for protections for the caribou, even if they are no longer partnering with the government.© Provided by cbc.ca Henri Jacob, the president of Action boréale, said the group will continue to push for protections for the caribou, even if they are no longer partnering with the government.

Caribou population dropping

The herds in both the Val-d'Or and Charlevoix regions herds have fewer than 30 caribou.

St-Laurent said he maintains that the forest industry overtaking caribou habitat is a "long-standing" problem that needs addressing.

The ministry recently set aside 46,000 hectares for the forestry industry near Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The space was previously under administrative protection for the caribou.

"The government doesn't have a lot of leadership in deciding to conserve swaths of habitat and curb logging," he said.

The Quebec government previously refused to back efforts to save caribou in the region, saying it would be too expensive and the chances of the caribou surviving were slim to none.

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