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Canadian Federal Government’s Threat to Step in and Protect Quebec’s Woodland Caribou Considered an Overstep by Quebec’s Premier

The Canadian federal government is threatening to act on its own to protect the at-risk woodland caribou and the animals’ habitat in Quebec. Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault gave Quebec until Wednesday, April 20 to provide him with information on how the province intends to protect the woodland caribou and its habitat.

California Preparing for Another Significant Wildfire Season

After an extremely dry winter, which left water levels low and vegetation dried out, much of the State of California is already in wildfire season. Fire experts says that with increasing winds and hot temperatures forecasted to start this week, and no rain or snow expected in the near term, wildfire conditions are not likely to get any better.

BC Provincial Government Announces Harvest Deferrals on 1.7 Million Hectares

The BC government announced harvest deferrals on 1.7 million hectares of timberland in the province. In November 2021, the Province announced it would engage with First Nations rights and titleholders to find agreement on deferring harvest of old growth forests. The B.C. Government is reporting that it has received responses from 188 out of the 204 First Nations in the province.

Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan Released

The Habitat Conservation Plan for state forests in Western Oregon has been released for public comment. The plan is designed to protect critical habitat for 17 threatened species and includes wider no-logging zones near waterways and prohibits or limits harvesting near nesting and foraging grounds for threatened birds.