New 2016 Consensus Agreements - Boreal Caribou, Amphibians, and Hairy Braya

Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Northwest Territories (NWT) Conference of Management Authorities (CMA), established under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act to manage and recover species at risk in the NWT, met on October 20, 2016. During this meeting, they reached consensus to accept the NWT Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy and the NWT Amphibian Management Plan. They also approved and signed the implementation agreement for the NWT Hairy Braya Recovery Strategy.

The signed consensus agreements were provided to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) on November 25, 2016. The Minister is responsible for making these agreements, as well as the completed recovery strategy and management plan, public within three months of receiving the consensus agreements.

Boreal caribou were listed as a threatened species under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act in 2014. The NWT Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy is an action-oriented planning tool that identifies how the conservation and recovery of boreal caribou can be accomplished in the NWT. It will assist the agencies responsible for the management of boreal caribou in deciding what actions to take, how to prioritize their work, and how to allocate their resources.

Northern leopard frog and western toad were listed as threatened species in 2015 and early 2016, respectively. The multi-species NWT Amphibian Management Plan was developed by the CMA to address the needs of all amphibians in the NWT, including northern leopard frog and western toad. It is intended to provide guidance and direction to co-management partners with respect to the management of amphibians throughout the NWT. The plan includes species information, descriptions of limiting factors, threats, and positive influences, as well as management, conservation and recovery goals, objectives and approaches.

The hairy braya is a rare flowering plant found only on the Cape Bathurst Peninsula and Baillie Islands, NWT, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. It was listed as a threatened species under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act in 2014. The NWT Hairy Braya Recovery Strategy was completed in early 2016. The implementation agreement sets out how the agencies responsible for the management of hairy braya in the NWT plan on implementing the recovery strategy over the next five years.

The hairy braya implementation agreement can be found on the NWT List of Species at Risk page. The final NWT Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy and NWT Amphibian Management Plan will be released by the Minister of ENR in early 2017.