On February 15 and 16, 2023 Sophia Cuthbert, Wildlife Program Manager and Jack Olson, Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator, attended the Climate Change and Caribou Workshop in Prince George, BC.
The workshop was well attended by nearly 80 participants where we discussed how climate change impacts could be incorporated into caribou recovery planning in BC. We heard from experts in climate science and research as well as from Nations, biologists, and consultants undertaking caribou recovery efforts currently. Break-out sessions proved to uncover engaging conversation and debate around caribou recovery efforts in the face of climate change with much concern emerging around continued timber harvest in caribou habitat and the inevitable changes to bio geoclimatic zones in southern mountain and boreal caribou habitat. One thing became clear as the workshop progressed: climate change is a complex and ever-changing phenomenon with a large degree of uncertainty around how it will impact the landscape of BC, or rather, how we as part of those ecosystems will respond to it.
Within weeks of starting Jack’s new position as Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator he was off to attend this workshop and found an engaging and productive two days. Jack found the workshop provided a valuable learning experience along with the opportunity to meet several colleagues working in the environmental field.
HCTF staff have exchanged thoughts and ideas following the workshop including how to integrate climate change into the management of intact caribou habitat as well as resistance and resiliency of the caribou habitat restoration projects we support. We look forward to continued conversations around climate change and look to the work and innovation of our proponents and the restoration community of practice. Please share your thoughts or ideas with us at email@example.com.