BC’s caribou habitat will be getting $2 million of funding for revitalization and restoration.
The money will go towards the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in order to bolster a recovery program that will aim to conserve and rebuild the caribou population of 54 herds in BC.
According to a release from the BC provincial government, roads, trails, and seismic lines have transformed the landscape where caribou live. This makes them vulnerable to predators.
The fund will help restore their habitat through reforestation, fencing, and other environmental measures.
“There were about 40,000 caribou in B.C. in the early 1900s. Today, there are only about 19,000 caribou left,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.
“We need to do whatever we can to help enhance and recover caribou habitat to rebuild the numbers of this iconic species.”