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First Nations bar logging to protect deer migration

Two BC First Nations have banded together to protect mule deer migration routes in the South Chilcotin.

Three Tsilhqot’in communities and the St’at’imc Nation have closed the Red Mountain-Churn Creek Corridor to industrial logging.

The area is home to dozens of mule deer trails which are critical to the animals’ annual migration between the Fraser River and the South Chilcotin Park.

The First Nations say logging by Tolko has left only a 5 kilometre-wide strip free of roads and they say it must remain intact.

They say the action to close the area is a follow-up to the eviction of Tolko contractors in July.

Chief Russell Myers Ross of the Yunesit’en Government says they are worried that logging continues in very sensitive places which they do not believe is appropriate for their communities or wildlife.

Ross says he hopes the actions will result in dialogue about the situation.

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