Caribou sub-regional task forces

In August 2019, the province created caribou sub-regional task forces to advise government on land-use planning at a local scale, including caribou recovery actions. Each Caribou Sub-regional Task Force includes 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.

Initially, three task forces focused their efforts on providing recommendations to government on draft sub-regional plans for Cold Lake, Bistcho Lake and Upper Smoky planning areas, which address recovery outcomes for the Bistcho, Cold Lake, Narraway, and Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou ranges.

Click below for maps of sub-regional planning areas:

Task force recommendations for each area were submitted to government in 2020.

Each sub-regional plan that is developed from these recommendations will go out for public and Indigenous engagement, providing future opportunities for all Albertans to shape these plans before they are finalized.

The Alberta government will be re-starting task forces in 2021 to look at new sub-regional planning areas.

Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan

Alberta's 2017 Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan was made 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:

Related information

Federal Recovery Strategies and Guiding Documents