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Conservation plan for oilsands region released


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As you may have seen in the media in early April, the Alberta government has released a draft land use plan for the Lower Athabasca region. Over the next two months, the public will have an opportunity to submit comments on the plan to the government.

CPAWS is studying the government's proposal and will respond to it in detail within the next few weeks. We've been seeking a plan for the Lower Athabasca that will honour commitments to aboriginal people and protect the health of its ecosystems. This is an area that is under intense industrial pressure. It's also of critical importance to at least six threatened Boreal woodland caribou herds.

Our initial impression: the government's proposed plan does not meet all of our goals. For example, it doesn't include conservation areas for many of the threatened caribou herds in the Lower Athabasca.

We'll be letting you know more about our assessment of the plan shortly.

You can download the plan here (PDF).