HAVE YOUR SAY: NWT Species at Risk Committee Seeks Public Input on new Proposals

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — August 17, 2022

The public is invited to comment on two proposed re-listings and a draft management plan under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act.

The Act provides a process to assess which wild species are at risk of disappearing from the Northwest Territories (NWT), identify threats facing those species, and identify actions to help them recover.

LISTING PROPOSALS

Boreal caribou and Peary caribou are currently identified for re-listing under the Act as species at risk. Both species have been listed as Threatened in the NWT since 2014. They were reassessed as Threatened in May 2022 and a 10-year extension to the current listing is being proposed.

DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN

Northern mountain caribou was listed as a species of Special Concern in 2021. A draft management plan has been developed that will provide guidance on the long-term management of northern mountain caribou.

All NWT residents are invited to submit comments on the listing proposals and draft management plan by October 31, 2022.

BACKGROUND

The listing proposals and draft management plan were developed by the Conference of Management Authorities (CMA).

The CMA is the group of wildlife co-management boards and governments that share management responsibility for the conservation and recovery of species at risk in the NWT. The Government of the Northwest Territories is part of the CMA.

The NWT Species at Risk Committee (SARC) makes recommendations to the CMA on the listing of species at risk. Assessments are based on species status reports that include the best available Indigenous, community, and scientific knowledge.

The draft Management Plan for Northern Mountain Caribou in the NWT builds on the work that is already underway to plan for northern mountain caribou conservation in the NWT.

It is made up of two parts: the federal management plan for northern mountain caribou and an NWT addition with information on positive influences, community-led planning, and knowledge gaps in the NWT.

Related links

For media requests, please contact:

NWT Species at Risk Secretariat

Toll-free: (855) 783-4301

Fax: (867) 873-0293

Email: sara@gov.nt.ca

www.nwtspeciesatrisk.ca