Sub-regional plans are Alberta’s approach to supporting caribou recovery through careful land-use planning which recognizes and maintains working landscapes - ones supporting a variety of social, economic and traditional land-use.
Woodland caribou are listed as Threatened under both the federal Species at Risk Act and the provincial Wildlife Act. Without effective and immediate action, we risk losing this important and culturally significant species.
Albertans will have opportunities to share feedback on a total of 11 sub-regional plan to be released over the next 4 years. These plans were informed by recommendations provided by the Caribou sub-regional task forces.
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas
The 3 key features of the sub-regional plans are:
- guidance on the placement and duration of footprint from human activities, including roads, oil and gas development, timber harvest, geophysical exploration, surface material extraction, and recreation
- restoration of legacy footprint (for example, seismic lines) no longer contributing to economic activities in the sub-region to create more intact caribou habitat without affecting current industrial activity
- monitoring environmental and socio-economic indicators to improve understanding of whether the plan is achieving its outcomes and what changes may be required during the review period.
There are no active engagements at this time.
Last updated: April 8, 2022