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Province Looking to Help Increase Woodland Caribou Populations

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Province Looking to Help Increase Woodland Caribou Populations

Photo courtesy of the Government of Alberta

A public session is being held in Fort McMurray to discuss ways to protect Woodland Caribou populations.

The province’s “Draft Provincial Woodland Caribou Range Plan” released Tuesday outlines ideas on how to help the animal, meet federal requirements, and address economic and environmental realities.

The plan was developed after holding information sessions with First Nation and Métis people, stakeholder meetings, and through an online public survey.

“We are proud to be working on forming partnerships with Indigenous peoples, industry and the federal government for habitat recovery work, which is a crucial part of our caribou recovery strategy and a great investment in Alberta’s future,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, in a release.

The NDP’s will spend $85 million over the next five years on habitat restoration, rearing facilities, and other measures to improve caribou outcomes. Around $9.2 has already been spent including $5 million on replanting 100,000 trees in the Little Smoky and A La Peche ranges to help improve the caribou’s habitat.

People living in Fort McMurray will get a chance to give their input during the public session on March 1st, 2018.

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