Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 9205001

    A Wah stzee (Caribou) Centric Plan for Sustainable Land Use within the Moberly Herd Area of British Columbia
 
Project lead: Teena Demeulemeester (West Moberly First Nation)
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Description:
The Moberly caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) population and other caribou populations in the Southern Mountains National Ecological Area are designated as Threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act (Northern Caribou Technical Advisory Committee 2004). As a signatory to the National Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk, and as legislated by the Species at Risk Act, the provincial government has an obligation to develop a recovery plan to mitigate current threats to the species. A Recovery Strategy for Northern Caribou in the Southern Mountains National Ecological Area in British Columbia, was completed by the Northern Caribou Technical Advisory Committee in 2004 (Northern Caribou Technical Advisory Committee 2004), but was never sanctioned by the provincial government. One of the recovery approaches in the strategy was to establish Recovery Implementation Groups and make them responsible for preparing local recovery action plans. A Recovery Implementation Group for caribou in the Central Rocky Mountains (which includes the Moberly population) was convened in 2003 and met once. Shortly after, recovery planning for most caribou Recovery Implementation Groups was suspended pending direction from the provincial Species at Risk Coordination Office.
In the interim, research and inventories on habitat use and population status of the Moberly caribou population have been conducted (Jones 2007, Jones 2008, Seip unpublished data), and Wildlife Habitat Areas and Ungulate Winter Ranges for the herd have been established under the Forest and Range Practices Act. However, legal objectives for the Wildlife Habitat Areas and Ungulate Winter Ranges do not address all caribou life requisites, and only apply to forestry operations and not to other industrial activities such as mineral exploration, mining, oil and gas activities, and energy production, or to recreational activities.
The purpose of this plan is to provide a framework for managing land use and activities in the Moberly area that is compatible with sustaining and recovering caribou.
Contact: Teena Demeulemeester, (250) 788-3676, forestry@westmo.org

Updated May 19, 2011 

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