14 grants were approved by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for new and ongoing projects to help restore caribou habitat in the province.

This includes two from the Skeena area.

The first is the restoration of the Tweedmuir Caribou-Chelaslie Road winter range, 60 kilometers south of Burns Lake.

$ 70,671 approved to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd by restoring habitat for up to 78 kilometers of road /

In addition, the Whitesnail project, 122 kilometers south of Smithers, received $ 87,174.

The project is designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd by restoring approximately 73 kilometers of road.

According to the province, the 2021 grants were allocated through the foundation’s Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund and more than $ 1.65 million has been provided for the 14 projects.

The province added that activities such as urbanization, forestry, mining, oil and gas, and road construction have altered caribou habitat.

This recovery strategy aims to restore the species to a sustainable population.