Wolverine Conservation In The Boreal Forest

By November 22, 2016CBFA News

“Wolverine are the essence of wilderness”, Fraser Los, Canadian Geographic.

 The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement released the Boreal Priority Species – Wolverine: Additional Considerations for Conservation Planning report this week.

The Agreement commits signatories to work together to find proposed solutions to a number of conservation and sustainability goals across the boreal forests. A key principle of the CBFA is the use of best available science and information. To that end, the CBFA has commissioned a number products such as this report. These products are intended to inform and provide guidance to the work of CBFA signatories and other interested parties.

This report will provide guidance to forest managers on how to integrate the needs of wolverine (Gulo gulo) into their conservation planning work. The report contains information on the basic ecology of the species and the threats they face and a discussion on how forest management activities can influence habitat, and by extension, the status of populations across Canada. It also provides a basis for signatories to evaluate wolverine’s requirements in relation to caribou, and highlights opportunities to pursue active, adaptive management experiments to improve understanding of the species’ requirements and response to forest management activities.

Jim Witiw, the Forest Resource Coordinator – Biodiversity Stewardship for Daishowa-Marubeni International, noted that the work of the signatories to advance ecosystem-based management of the boreal “holds great promise” for the conservation of forest-dependent species such as wolverine and that this guidance is a “key support…. readily accessible to practitioners”.

Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, author of the original report on which this summary is based and noted wolverine expert, states, “these guidelines are some of the first tailored specifically for wolverine conservation in managed forests. Their implementation will provide a testing ground that we can continue to refine with new information.”

To read the CBFA’s conservation planning guidance find the report here http://cbfa-efbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BPS_Wolverine2015.pdf.

To understand more about the plight of the wolverine and on-going research on the species read the December 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic. – https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/how-highways-are-hurting-wolverines-genetic-diversity