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Caribou protection: a Gaspé plan requested

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan28,2024

Caribou protection: a Gaspé plan requested

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Quebec has repeatedly postponed the unveiling of its caribou protection strategy.

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In Gaspésie, a rare consensus is emerging between environmental protection groups and representatives of the forestry industry: the government is taking too long to unveil its caribou protection strategy.

To speed things up, they are asking Quebec to announce a plan just for the region.

For its part, the Legault government cites the fires that ravaged the province last summer to justify these delays.

Here in Gaspésie, in the Chic-Chocs, there have been no forest fires. And there has almost never been one in 100 years, recalls Louis Fradette, spokesperson for the Chic-Chocs Mountains Protection Committee.

He therefore wonders why Quebec cannot reveal the portion of its caribou protection strategy which concerns the herd of approximately 30 individuals that remain in Gaspésie.

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Here, what #x27;are we waiting? In Gaspésie, it has no common measure with what happens elsewhere, he maintains.

This summer's wildfires are taking a toll, he says.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">Are we going to witness the disappearance of the Gaspé caribou while we wait for a provincial strategy based on studies, forest fires and their impacts ?

A quote from Louis Fradette, spokesperson for the Chic-Chocs Mountains Protection Committee

This is a concern that is notably shared by Marie-Hélène Ouellet D'Amours, biologist at the Bas-Saint-Laurent Regional Environmental Council.

We are not far from recognizing failure that we are starting to run out of superlatives to describe the urgency of the situation, she maintains.

Representatives of the Gaspé forest industry and environmental groups are calling for the unveiling of the Gaspé component of the caribou protection strategy.

The organization has also been lobbying for years for Quebec to unveil the Gaspé side of its caribou protection strategy.

We made representations to the Minister [of Natural Resources and Forests] herself. We tried to ensure that the strategy was directly for this Gaspésie herd.

We tried to find ways of passage.

A quote from Marie-Hélène Ouellet D'Amours, biologist at the Bas-Saint-Laurent Regional Environmental Council

C' is a situation that the forestry industry also deplores.

For Steve Leblanc, vice-president of supply at Groupe de Sciage GDS, a company that owns several sawmills in Gaspésie, these delays cause major problems both in terms of planning forestry operations and in terms of supply. factories.

The company also lobbied the government to reveal the strategy for Gaspé caribou.

For her part, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forests, Maïté Blanchette Vézina, wanted to be reassuring in an interview on the show Good foot, good hour! Friday.

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I assure you, we are not slowing down the process. We are really taking action in government to ensure that things move forward quickly, she maintains.

The publication of the caribou protection strategy has been postponed numerous times.

At the end of 2023, the Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks, Benoît Charette, indicated that the unveiling was postponed “to mid-January or thereabouts.”

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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