Nineteen caribou mothers and calves took to the rich forest west of Chetwynd, British Columbia this summer following a conservation project to rebuild dwindling numbers in the Klinse-Za caribou herd.
After discussions with the local First Nations groups, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (PRGT) joined the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, the B.C. government and local industry to protect and encourage the herd’s growth. Funding was provided for a penning project to protect the females and their newborns from predators during and after giving birth. In early July, after the young were mobile enough to elude predators, volunteers encouraged the 19 caribou to leave the pen.
“There’s not been community penning projects that have happened. I only know of two,” says Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations. “The mere fact that we have nine calves to release, to me, it’s amazing.”
The PRGT Project is dedicated to working with local community and First Nations groups to identify worthwhile environmental initiatives like the Klinse-Za caribou penning project. As part of the PRGT Project, a detailed environmental assessment was conducted to govern and mitigate any possible project impacts on the environment. At TransCanada, we recognize the importance of environmental stewardship while we strive to meet the energy needs of North Americans in a responsible and sustainable manner.