Understanding disturbance thresholds for woodland caribou 

December 8 2016

This report provides science-based guidance for CBFA signatories and others interested in finding solutions to the challenges of woodland caribou habitat conservation, in particular, the challenge of meeting the habitat disturbance thresholds set out in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou National Recovery Strategy.  The primer explains the science behind the threshold and explores opportunities for further research to reduce uncertainty and explore appropriate regional variability.

Structured Adaptive Management for the Canadian Boreal 

December 1, 2016

This report provides guidance for CBFA signatories and others interested in supporting the implementation of a structured and active approach to adaptive management across the Canadian boreal and provides a rigorous roadmap for developing recommendations that integrate environmental, social/cultural and economic values and that promote learning from the experience of implementation over time.

Boreal Priority Species – Wolverine: Additional Considerations for Conservation Planning

November 22, 2016

Goal 3 of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) is “the recovery of species at risk within the boreal forests including species such as Woodland Caribou”. In addition to caribou, the signatories agreed to also focus attention on other “Boreal Priority Species” during development of plans to achieve the goals of the agreement. As a first step to identify other “Boreal Priority Species”, the CBFA Science Committee reviewed Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Public Registry and an initial list of species was created. Wolverine were selected as a ‘Category 1’ species, a group that included national priority at‐risk species intended to represent broad-range boreal forest related species thought to be sensitive to forest management. To assist forest planners in considering wolverine in their planning efforts, the CBFA commissioned a technical report by Justina Ray, a recognized expert in the field.  The report covers the species’ ecology, status and vulnerabilities, relationships to forest management and an assessment of significant knowledge gaps. This report is a short summary of the original technical report.

Towards a Natural Range of Variation (NRV) Strategy for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Report

October 26, 2016

Goal 1 of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is the implementation of “world-leading boreal “on-the-ground” sustainable forest management practices based on the principle of ecosystem based management, active adaptive management, and third party verification.”  Natural Range of Variation (NRV) is a fundamental element of ecosystem-based management (EBM).  This report provides the technical details on what constitutes an NRV strategy, and provides a common foundation for signatories working toward development of world leading forest practices to guide forest management in the CBFA tenures.

Boreal Priority Species – Moose: Additional Considerations for Conservation Planning – A state of knowledge synthesis report from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement National Working Group on Protected Areas and Species at Risk

August 22, 2016

Goal 3 of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) is “the recovery of species at risk within the boreal forests including species such as Woodland Caribou”. In addition to caribou, the signatories agreed to also focus attention on other “Boreal Priority Species” during development of plans to achieve the goals of the agreement. Two categories of species were created from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Public Registry, with ‘Category 1’ species including national priority at‐risk species, and ‘Category 2’ to include regionally significant species, including species of interest to local communities. Category 1 species were intended to represent broad-range boreal forest related species that were thought to be sensitive to forest management, while moose, beaver and arctic grayling were identified as species of particular interest to local communities as Category 2 species. Reports were commissioned by recognized experts in the field on the species’ ecology, status and vulnerabilities, and relationships to forest management to provide information on the species to be used in planning efforts. At the same time, an assessment of significant knowledge gaps for the species was done. Category 1 species include Newfoundland marten, boreal felt lichen, wolverine, and grizzly bear and moose was included as a Category 2 species. This report is a short summary of the original technical report for moose.

Recommendations for the Pasquia Porcupine Forest Management Area

July 7, 2016

This report outlines the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Regional Working Group for caribou range planning and protected areas planning in east central Saskatchewan in and around the Pasquia Porcupine Forest Management Area. The recommendations were developed with significant technical assistance, the engagement of the Saskatchewan government, Indigenous governments, representatives of a public advisory council, a non-signatory forest company, Edgewood, and the lead signatories, Weyerhauser Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Brochure – Sustaining the Boreal in Eastern Saskatchewan – English Cree

Map – East Central Saskatchewan Caribou and Protected Areas Plan English, Cree

Letter to the Honorable Minister Catherine McKenna

June 3, 2016

This letter of June 3, 2016, records the CBFA signatories joint consensus submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s active and on-going public consultation on climate change. The submission highlights the vast mitigation potential that can be found in Canada’s boreal forest and the wood products derived from them, notes the significant potential synergies between boreal forest adaptation and mitigation strategies and discusses the contributions the CBFA signatories have made and are making to address climate change and offers a pledge to continue to work together to support action on this critical issue

Letter to Assistant Deputy Minister Kevin Murphy on Protected Areas Recommendations to the Government of Saskatchewan

March 9, 2016

March 2, 2016

TO: Kevin Murphy, Assistant Deputy Minister

The Saskatchewan Regional Working Group of the CBFA is pleased to recommend the establishment of a protected area centered on the Mossy River watershed in the Mid-Boreal Plain Ecoregion in east central Saskatchewan.

Background

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) commits Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) members and participating Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) to work with governments and Aboriginal groups to develop joint recommendations for the completion of Protected Areas (Goal 2) and Caribou Conservation Plans (Goal 3). The Saskatchewan Regional Working Group (SK RWG) was established to fulfill this mandate for FPAC company tenures in Saskatchewan.

Forestry Requirements for Natural Range of Variation (NRV) Analysis and Target Setting

January 14, 2016

Forestry companies belonging to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) have committed to using a management approach that comes closer to recreating natural landscapes, called natural range of variation (NRV). This involves using knowledge about the structure and compositions of ecosystems to guide forest management activities – in effect, taking our cue from nature. A built-in evaluation process has been included so that new knowledge, for example around climate change, as well as social and economic considerations, will be continually incorporated into the approach. This is a voluntary commitment by the FPAC forest products companies that is on top of their commitment to sustainable forest management certification.

Towards a Natural Range of Variation (NRV) Strategy for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement; Summary Report

October 26, 2016

This report outlines what constitutes an NRV strategy, which is a fundamental element of ecosystem-based management (EBM). The report is a summary of the comprehensive technical report developed by an Independent Science Advisory Team: Towards a Natural Range of Variation (NRV) Strategy for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (Andison et al., 2016).

Caribou Action Planning Methodological Framework, Iteration 2

August 24, 2015

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) signatories have completed Iteration #2 of their Caribou Action Planning Methodological Framework (the “Caribou MF”). This second iteration has been updated to include, amongst other things, lessons to be learned from the CBFA experience to date and to ensure greater congruency with the national recovery strategy for boreal woodland caribou (Environment Canada, 2012). The Caribou MF is a guiding document for the CBFA regional working groups and supporting planning practitioners. This framework was designed to support consistent caribou action planning across the CBFA study area. The CBFA signatories are committed to using the best available science and information and to periodic review to improve this framework.

Letter to Manitoba Conservation/Water Stewardship on the Boreal Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

Letter to Manitoba Conservation/Water Stewardship on the Boreal Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

September 22 2014

July 30, 2014

To: Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, Wildlife Branch

Re: Feedback on Manitoba’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Recovery Strategy

From: Manitoba Regional Working Group of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA)[1]
[1] The members of the Manitoba Regional Working Group are Norway House Cree Nation, Chemawawin Cree Nation, Pimicikamak Territory, Mosakahiken Cree Nation, Tolko Industries Ltd., TNC Canada, ForestEthics, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, and the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Please find here feedback from Members Manitoba Regional Working Group (MB RWG) of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) regarding the recently released provincial Recovery Strategy for Boreal Woodland Caribou (hereafter the ‘strategy’). The CBFA is an unprecedented collaboration among 21 major North American forest products companies and seven leading environmental organizations. The CBFA seeks to achieve both high degrees of social and economic prosperity and high degrees of ecological integrity.

Status Report on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM): Policy Barriers & Opportunities for EBM in Canada

Status Report on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM): Policy Barriers & Opportunities for EBM in Canada

August 25 2014

This report, commissioned by the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) National Working Group 1, provides a cross Canada scan of progress towards implementing ecosystem-based management (EBM). It is being used to inform efforts to develop leading forestry practices based on the principles of EBM, active adaptive management, and third party verification. It also provides a perspective on existing barriers to implementing EBM, which CBFA signatories are committed to working on jointly to overcome.

Recommendations and proposed contributions towards caribou conservation in northeastern Alberta: West Side of the Athabasca River, East Side of the Athabasca River and Cold lake Caribou Ranges, “For Discussion”

July 2014

This report, developed by the BC/Alberta Regional Working Group of the CBFA, offers, for discussion, a draft set of recommendations and proposed contributions towards the Government of Alberta’s anticipated Northeast Alberta caribou range planning process. The report offers recommended measures for implementation by CBFA forest industry signatories, as well as recommendations related to habitat- and population-based caribou conservation measures.  The “for discussion” annotation recognizes that this report is a foundation for engagement with stakeholders and rights-holders in the landscape including the energy sector, the Government of Alberta, Indigenous communities and governments, non-signatory forest companies and ENGOs, and others. We anticipate refinements to the recommendations will arise through the engagement process.

Protected Areas Planning Methodological Framework

Protected Areas Planning Methodological Framework

November 02 2012

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) signatories have completed Iteration #1 of their Protected Areas Planning Methodological Framework (the “Protected Areas MF”). The Protected Areas MF is a guiding document for the CBFA regional working groups and supporting planning practitioners. This framework was designed to support consistent protected areas planning across the CBFA study area. The CBFA signatories are committed to using the best available science and information and to periodic review to improve this framework. As the CBFA signatories move to review and revise the Protected Areas MF comments from stakeholders, Aboriginal governments, Federal and Provincial governments, and the Canadian public are welcome.

Consultation period: 2012-11-02 to 2012-12-14

Caribou Action Planning Methodological Framework

Caribou Action Planning Methodological Framework

November 02 2012

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) signatories have completed Iteration #1 of their Caribou Action Planning Methodological Framework (the “Caribou MF”). The Caribou MF is a guiding document for the CBFA regional working groups and supporting planning practitioners. This framework was designed to support consistent caribou action planning across the CBFA study area. The CBFA signatories are committed to using the best available science and information and to periodic review to improve this framework. As the CBFA signatories move to review and revise the Caribou MF comments from stakeholders, Aboriginal governments, Federal and Provincial governments, and the Canadian public are welcome.

Consultation period: 2012-11-02 to 2012-12-14

Recommendations for, and Voluntary Contributions, Towards a Kesagami Range Caribou Action Plan

Recommendations for, and Voluntary Contributions, Towards a Kesagami Range Caribou Action Plan

June 30 2012

Prepared by the Ontario Regional Working Group of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement