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Bathurst Caribou Range Plan

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The Bathurst Caribou Range Plan Working Group is doing community and decision-maker engagement on options prior to developing a draft range plan.

Discussion documents have been produced to guide engagement:

Please send comments, feedback or questions to Bathurst_rangeplan@gov.nt.ca by April 17, 2017.


Caribou use large expanses of land throughout their seasonal movements often travelling thousands of kilometers annually. As a result, they encounter many features such as roads, communities, mines, camps, burned forests and can suffer by being disturbed by these features.

Due to concern over pressures on the Bathurst herd, a process was started to develop a Bathurst Caribou Range Plan (BCRP) to manage human and natural disturbance, such as wildland fire, across its habitat. Over the past two years, a Working Group (WG) consisting of Aboriginal governments and organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations, co-management boards and territorial and federal governments has brought together scientific and traditional knowledge information to help develop options for habitat management. 

The WG is entering a phase of community and decision-maker engagement on these options prior to developing a draft range plan. A discussion document has been produced to guide engagement, available soon.