Forests minister announces $2 million for Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund

By Jill Sperling
April 13, 2018 - 4:30pm Updated: April 13, 2018 - 7:41pm

KAMLOOPS — B.C.'s forests minister made a $2 million funding announcement Friday for the restoration of caribou habitat. 

Minister Doug Donaldson made the announcement at the BC Wildlife Federation's convention in Kamloops. 

The money has been granted to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in hopes of protecting and increasing the caribou population in B.C.

The foundation is partnering with the province to develop a caribou recovery program involving input from Indigenous groups, industry, recreationalists, and the public. 

Donaldson says it's important to maintain provincial control over managing the iconic Canadian species. 

"We don't want to see a declining of species, we don't want to see species going extinct, and we have to manage the land base for all values, and that's what we want to do as a government in B.C," Donaldson said. "The federal government through their Species at Risk legislation can only look at one factor, and that's habitat. We want to look at all factors, and that's why we want to keep control of our authority over the caribou in B.C." 

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