November 4, 2015
In the fall of 2010, we held a news conference to raise awareness about devastated woodland caribou habitat in northwest Manitoba. Stark images of burnt forests and logging clearcuts lined the walls of the room. I had just returned from a week in the north, patrolling back roads and hiking through the forests, looking at the range of the NAOSAP and Reed Lake caribou herds. We needed to get the word out that caribou were in real trouble up there.
WC Policy Director Gwen Barlee is featured in this news clip about the BC government's controversial plan to protect caribou by killing wolves – a strategy that may have been influenced by forest industry concerns over preserving habitat, according to recently revealed FOI documents. The clip also features the response from BC's Minister of Environment.
In this radio interview, Wilderness Committee Policy Director Gwen Barlee discusses documents obtained via Freedom of Information (FOI)requests, suggesting that the forest industry had a hand in the BC government's decision to start a controversial wolf cull instead of preserving habitat for endangered caribou.
The Selinger government has released its 10-year plan on how to better protect the boreal woodland caribou.
The caribou were declared a threatened species in 2006, with logging and mineral exploration cited as reasons why, as well as over-hunting and disease. The new strategy released Thursday by the government aims to both maintain the local population while ensuring the effective management and protection of their habitat, said Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff, in a press release.
This is a TV news story about a scientific report out of Mexico that shows that global extinction rates are 100 times the natural level. The Wilderness Committee's Gwen Barlee is interviewed for this story. Despite the extinction crisis BC still has no provincial endangered species law.
December 4, 2014
Images of reindeer and snowy evergreens are a memorable part of our seasonal celebrations, and they’re springing up all around us right now. This leads me to think about our reindeer cousins right here in Manitoba – the woodland caribou – and my recent journeys this past summer into the caribou’s winter home.
News Release - December 4, 2014
Woodland caribou around Nopiming Provincial Park need a protected winter home
WINNIPEG – As we celebrate this snowy winter holiday season, the Wilderness Committee is calling on Manitobans to let the provincial government know we want to give our reindeer cousins – the woodland caribou – a protected winter home.