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:
- 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)
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:
- 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, 260 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