On March 22, 2018, Chief Bruce Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, Mayor Peter Politis of Cochrane, Chris McDonnell of Rayonier Advanced Materials and Janet Sumner, Wildlands Executive Director re-affirmed their commitment to the Abitibi River Forest Plan and called on the Ontario government to move forward without delay. See statement here.
Above: Abitibi River Forest in NE ON.
We remain concerned at the rate by which Ontario’s boreal woodland caribou are disappearing – due largely to human destruction of their habitat. Caribou are bellwethers of the Boreal Forest’s health. They thrive in landscapes that are largely untouched by industrial development. Canada’s Boreal Forest holds the world’s most important stores of carbon, regulating our climate and also filters our air and provides us with clean freshwater.
We also care because we believe in solutions and that with perseverance they are possible. We seek connections and are not afraid to roll up our sleeves to find solutions with First Nations, industry, government, scientists and concerned citizens. It’s tough work and it takes time but it’s worth it.
The future for boreal woodland caribou in Ontario and across Canada is uncertain. Without effective habitat conservation and recovery measures, many of Canada’s caribou populations are in peril. What the Abitibi River Forest example teaches us is that solutions are possible. You can help by supporting innovative solutions like what was done in the Abitibi River Forest.