BACK IN A BIT
The survival and recovery of Wells Gray Provincial Park’s Mountain Caribou depends both on ‘primary habitat’ within their annual range and on ‘matrix habitat’ outside their annual range. Type 1 matrix habitat (blue) consists of high-elevation oldgrowth forests, whereas Type 2 matrix habitat (yellow) consists of low- to mid-elevation mature forests that when logged enhance predators that sometimes kill caribou. In 2014 the area in yellow was federally designated in the Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy as Critical Habitat for Caribou, yet the B.C. government continues to authorize its destruction one cut block at a time - with many more cutblocks soon to come.