Overview

We gathered input from Albertans on the plan to expand Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park.

The original area was established as a wildland provincial park in March 2019 and is located south of Wood Buffalo National Park, and adjacent to the Birch River and Richardson Wildland Provincial Parks. The proposed expansion would add 143,805 hectares to an existing 161,880 hectare wildland provincial park.

After learning about the proposed Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park expansion, a new oil sands leaseholder (Burgess Canadian Resources) offered to support the proposed expansion by voluntarily surrendering Crown mineral agreements in the middle of the proposed area. An additional 8,665 more hectares could potentially be included to create a greater contiguous wildland provincial park and bring the total proposed expansion to 152,470 hectares.

Timeline

  • Open

    Survey from February 11 to March 15, 2021

  • Results under review

    March 2021

  • Completed

    Spring 2021

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Parks

Input received

Online survey

Albertans shared their feedback through an online survey from February 11 to March 15, 2021.

Input was also gathered by phone and through public correspondence.

Thank you for your participation and input. We are currently reviewing feedback.

Stakeholder meetings

Stakeholders met virtually with government officials from February 11 to March 15, 2021.

We met with Burgess Canadian Resources, a new oil sands leaseholder with Crown mineral agreements in the middle of the proposed Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Park expansion area. After learning about the proposed park expansion, Burgess Canadian Resources committed to supporting the expansion by voluntarily surrendering their Crown mineral agreements. The new proposed expansion area can be seen in the map attached.

Indigenous consultation

We met with Indigenous communities between February 11 and March 15, 2021.

Resources

Learn more about the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Park engagement:

Outcomes

Your feedback will help inform decisions related to the expansion of the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Park, managed under the Provincial Parks Act.

Last updated: June 8, 2021