Caribou sub-regional task forces
In August 2019, the province created three caribou sub-regional task forces that will advise government on land-use planning at a local scale, including caribou recovery actions. Sub-regional plans will be built on a foundation of science and socio-economic assessments, which help us to understand how sub-regional plans work within local and regional economies.
Initially, the task forces will focus their efforts on providing recommendations to government on draft sub-regional plans for Cold Lake, Bistcho Lake and Upper Smoky planning areas, which will address recovery outcomes for the Bistcho, Cold Lake, Narraway, and Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou ranges.
Click below for maps of sub-regional planning areas:
- Cold Lake sub-regional planning area (PDF, 655 KB)
- Bistcho Lake sub-regional planning area (PDF, 724 KB)
- Upper Smoky sub-regional planning area (PDF, 774 KB)
Each Caribou Sub-regional Task Force will include representatives from local municipalities, Indigenous peoples and communities, the energy sector, the forestry sector, trappers, recreational users, environmental non-government organizations, and other local stakeholders and knowledge holders.
Task force membership will be determined by early September. Other stakeholders and affected land users will have opportunities to contribute to working groups or planning committees working under the guidance of the task forces. It is expected that the sub-regional task forces will begin their work this fall.
Task force recommendations for the Cold Lake sub-regional plan are expected to be drafted by the end March 2020, with Bistcho following in summer of 2020 and Upper Smoky in fall of 2020.
There will be future opportunities for all Albertans to shape plans before they are finalized. The province will conduct public and Indigenous consultation related to any draft sub-regional plans that flow from recommendations of the task forces.
Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan
Alberta's 2017 Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan built upon previous work to develop actions and strategies to meet provincial and federal caribou population and habitat objectives. That draft plan is available to the caribou sub-regional task forces as a resource when considering caribou outcomes within each sub-region. To review the draft plan, see:
- Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan
- Draft Range Plan Highlights: Alberta's Approach to Achieve Caribou Recovery
- Alberta Woodland Caribou Recovery Plan
- Caribou Protection Plan
- Caribou Range Maps
- Species at Risk Publications and Web Resources: Mammals
See under the Woodland Caribou section of this page for the following document: Status of the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Alberta
- Task Force Members (PDF, 53 KB)
- Woodland Caribou Policy for Alberta
- Draft Canada - Alberta Conservation Agreement for Woodland Caribou (s.11)
Federal Recovery Strategies and Guiding Documents
- Action Plan for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada - Federal Actions
- Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal population (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada
- Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Southern Mountain population (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada
- Report on the Progress of Recovery Strategy Implementation for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal population in Canada for the Period 2012 to 2017