The Porcupine Caribou Management Board works to manage the Porcupine Caribou Herd, one of the largest herds of migratory caribou on the continent, and protect and maintain its habitat in Canada. The herd faces numerous threats, including climate change and increasing human activity within its range and on its calving grounds.
Next Board meeting scheduled for December 19th & 20th
The PCMB will be holding its next Board meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on December 19th & 20th, 2013. It will take place at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (Room A). For more information about this meeting, please contact us.
Just added: Sensitive Habitats of the Porcupine Caribou Herd
This report, published in 1993, identifies and describes sensitive habitats within the range of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and categorizes their levels of importance at different times of year.
Porcupine Caribou Herd Strategic Framework 2012-13 to 2014-15
The Porcupine Caribou Herd Strategic Framework is now available to download. The PCMB developed this strategic framework that sets the course of the organization in the near future. It is a platform to ensure the Board is prioritizing appropriate tasks and that those activities are rooted in the Board's mandate, focused on its long-term objectives and aligned with identified priorities of relevant organizations and Parties.
PCMB Annual Reports
The PCMB's Annual Reports for 2010-11 and 2011-12 are now available to download in our Reference desk.
Minutes of March 2013 Board meeting now available
The minutes of the Board meeting held in Whitehorse on March 4th, 2013 are now available in our Meetings section.
PCMB forwards Dempster Highway regulation recommendations to Yukon & NWT governments
The Porcupine Caribou Management Board recently completed a review of the current Dempster Highway regulations, first implemented in the late 1990s. As a result of this review, the PCMB has recommended that certain changes be made to the regulations. These recommendations were forwarded to Environment Yukon and the Government of the NWT on February 18th.
PCMB submission regarding Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan
On February 18th, 2013, the PCMB forwarded to the Government of Yukon its submission on the Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan. This letter can be viewed by clicking here.
2013 Annual Harvest Meeting
The 2013 Annual Harvest Meeting was held in Inuvik, NWT from February 12th to 14th, 2013. Info about the AHM is available in our Annual Harvest Meeting section.
The Porcupine Caribou Technical Committee provided the 2012 PCH Annual Summary Report for consideration prior to the Annual Harvest Meeting.
Download the AHM invitation letter to parties and stakeholders.
For more information about this meeting, please contact us.
Caribou Update: Cumulative Effects Project overview
The PCMB is currently developing a number of tools for assessing current and potential cumulative effects on the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Find out more about this project in the December 2012 edition of Caribou Update, which can be downloaded from our Updates page.
PCMB brochures to download
The PCMB has published four new brochures:
Porcupine Caribou Herd – calving and post-calving surveys, June-July 2011
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game released the latest calving and post-calving surveys for the Porcupine Caribou Herd on July 15th. You can read the findings in this memorandum (pdf).
HMP Implementation Plan now ready for Porcupine caribou harvest rules
The Implementation Plan (IP) for giving practical effect to the new Harvest Management Plan (HMP) for the Porcupine Caribou Herd has been approved by all eight parties involved in the management of the herd in Canada.
The HMP and IP will facilitate the coordination of management actions for the Porcupine Caribou Herd. The HMP is a long-term framework that outlines how Parties will respond to the status of the herd whether the population is high or low. It establishes a proactive approach with four management regimes for different herd sizes and conditions.
The purpose of this IP is to give effect to the requirements of the HMP and the commitments of the Parties. The IP establishes a coordinated approach and integrated actions for the development and implementation of management activities that should result in effective harvest management outcomes.
More information on the HMP can be found in our Harvest Management Plan page.
Final photocensus results
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that the Porcupine Caribou Herd has grown to an estimated 169,000 animals, according to the July 2010 photocensus. It was the first successful photocensus on the Porcupine herd since 2001, when the estimated population was just 123,000 caribou.
Environment Yukon brochure: Flying in Caribou Country
Studies show that caribou are sensitive to low-altitude overhead flights. This brochure by Environment Yukon provides valuable information on how to minimize caribou disturbance from aircraft. The brochure can be downloaded at www.environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca (pdf).
Harvest Management Plan – final plan released
The PCMB is pleased to announce that the Harvest Management Plan for the Porcupine Caribou Herd in Canada is now available to the public. The PCMB recommended a draft Plan to the Parties in June 2009. The final Plan has been agreed to by the eight Parties responsible for the Canadian Porcupine Caribou Management Agreement. To download the plan, see our Harvest Management Plan page.
North Yukon Land Use Plan approved
The Yukon and Vuntut Gwitchin governments have approved the North Yukon Planning Commission's North Yukon Land Use Plan. This is the first regional plan approved in the Yukon. The plan provides a "road map" for future land uses in the North Yukon Planning Region and provides a clear statement on how the land is to be used.
The final plan, draft plan, and other related documents and comments, including the PCMB's comments, can be viewed on the Yukon Land Use Planning Council website. The final plan is also available at the Government of Yukon's Regional Land Use Planning website.