The recent article (“Parson’s Pond residents say don’t destroy the road to nowhere,” June 2) regarding decommissioning of the oil exploration road at Parsons Pond raises some important matters.
My recall is that the need to remediate the habitat arose, in part, to protect caribou habitat, and that the Parson’s Pond council had originally been requesting this.
It is encouraging that Environment Minister Terry French has reinforced his government’s commitment to “err on the side of conservation” for our declining caribou populations. The issue of human fragmentation of intact landscapes is the main factor influencing increased success of predators on caribou. When we are witnessing caribou on our roads, and such atypical places, it is often a signal that there is local deterioration in the habitat.