The province is inviting municipalities located in Northern Alberta and near the Rockies to engage in developing range plans for the recovery of woodland caribou populations by visiting the province’s Caribou Range Planning webpage and completing a survey or submitting comments to the planning team by July 27.
Many of Alberta’s woodland caribou populations are in decline due a wide variety of factors such as habitat loss. The provincial and federal governments have listed them as species at risk requiring protection. Therefore, the provincial government is leading the development of range plans, which identify actions to protect habitat, manage populations and maintain working landscapes where caribou and careful development can co-exist.
This engagement of municipalities and other local stakeholders is essential to protecting Alberta’s wildlife while balancing social and economic considerations, and aligns with a resolution adopted by members during the 2016 AUMA Annual Convention.