The BC government and the Houston Snowmobile Club have come up with a plan to protect Caribou in the Skeena region.
The Telkwa caribou herd has been a conservation concern since the late 1960s. With approximately 22 animals in the herd, it is at continual risk of local extinction.
The stewardship management agreement with the club is meant to addresses the influence of recreation on northern caribou in the region.
Recreation has been identified as a threat to caribou populations, since it could displace the animals from high-quality habitat and increase predator access to their ranges.
The agreement will see the closure of certain areas to recreation when there are caribou present and an attempt to minimize the influence of recreation by promoting best-management practices to visiting and resident snowmobilers.