Boreal Caribou Range Planning – Planning and Decision Support
Boreal caribou are listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. Under the national Recovery Strategy, each jurisdiction in Canada is expected to maintain or achieve self-sustaining status for each of its populations in order to maintain the current distribution of boreal caribou in Canada. The Government of the Northwest Territories is preparing a boreal caribou range planning framework to guide development of five regional range plans. The sheer size of the range in NWT means that the implications for resource and economic development could be significant, and the dominant role of fire in overall habitat disturbance creates real challenges for range planning.
Compass is working with GWNT to develop an approach to range planning that, in accordance with the GNWT Land Use and Sustainability Framework, achieves a balance among competing land interests while ensuring compliance with the federal SARA. A range of options was developed and evaluated according to a structured decision making framework, leading to interdepartmental consensus on a short-list of options. We are continuing to provide decision support to iteratively refine these options, as well as identify and evaluate policy instruments for implementation, prepare briefing materials for Cabinet, and develop a strategy for engaging with co-management partners on the framework and range plans.