Land Restoration

At the heart of the issue is a landscape that isn’t working for caribou. The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations secured a landmark conservation agreement where 8,000 km2 will be secured for caribou conservation and restoration.

Nearly 8,000 km2 protected to provide caribou habitat and secure restoration investments on the landscape

Landscape disturbance from logging, mining, extraction, and human settlement has caused a decline in the population and altered the habitat to become unsuitable for the Klinse-Za caribou herd. The Partnership Agreement is a multilateral agreement between the Governments of the Nations, British Columbia, and Canada, designed to enact habitat protection and short-term recovery actions for Central Group caribou.

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Long term solutions

We have an opportunity to test what a restored landscape for sustainable caribou populations looks like

The partnership agreement has opened the doors to wonder and explicitly test what’s going to work for the future.

Caribou ultimately need intact habitat that provides refuge from predators. Right now caribou habitat is heavily disturbed and has elevated densities of alternate prey (moose, deer, and elk) which support abundant wolf populations that prey on caribou. We intend to heal these lands and make a home for caribou. To date there are no examples of a restored landscape for caribou but we’re working to create the first example of one.

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Aerial view of Caribou pen in Rochfort

Meaningful habitat protection for long-term changes

The Partnership Agreement provides extensive protection of caribou habitat that allows us to conduct restoration activities without the threat of them being undone.

Deactivating industry roads on the land

Roads allow wolves and other predators to move around the landscape and access sensitive caribou habitats more efficiently. We are restoring roads to make caribou habitat more secure.

Reclaiming disturbed lands for restoration

Forestry activities have dramatically transformed these lands. The Partnership Agreement is allowing trees to return to the landscape, which will eventually rebalance predator-prey dynamics.

The resurgence of Indigenous land and wildlife stewardship

6,962 km of linear features cross the Klinse-Za herd range. Expediting restoration of just 22% of those features (1,295 km) is likely to create a self-sustaining population of caribou. We’re already 11% of the way there with 138 km restored and growing.

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