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Canadian Wildlife Federation Presents Western Boreal Forest Initiative at International Congress of Conservation Biology

July 23, 2013

OTTAWA, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Today, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is
presenting its Western Boreal Forest Initiative at the International
Congress of Conservation Biology in Baltimore, MD.

Working closely with industry and academics, the first phase of the
initiative developed a science-based, land use model that will help
Canadians and decision makers see the outcomes for wildlife of various
resource development and habitat conservation scenarios in the western
boreal forest. The land use tool is now complete and a full report will
be released in early fall.

The tool will put knowledge in the hands of decision makers and the
general public to allow them to explore the trade-offs between wildlife
conservation, industrial development and economic benefit.

“The issues affecting this region are complex,” says Dr. David Browne,
CWF Director of Conservation who is presenting at the Congress. “Canada
needs a plan for the region that takes into account the cumulative
effects of resource development on wildlife and their habitat while
still allowing for economic benefit to Canadians. This land use
planning tool will allow decision-makers to explore the various
outcomes that actions taken now will have on this valuable landscape in
the years to come.”

CWF’s Western Boreal Forest Initiative will help define a vision for
conservation in the boreal forest in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British
Columbia. The goal of the project is to define a vision for
conservation that maintains key species such as boreal caribou, moose,
and songbirds, but allows for continued economic benefit from the
region. This project is particularly relevant to conservation planning
for boreal woodland caribou as it explores future scenarios for the
most threatened area of caribou habitat in Canada.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable
organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world
and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading
knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and
delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the
sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and
co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in
which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information,
visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Wildlife Federation

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