Caribou Conservation

Woodland caribou are located in the mountain, foothill and boreal forest regions of Canada. They are found in small groups (generally less than 15 individuals) within peatland complexes that contain significant areas of lichen-producing forested bogs and fens. They are listed as threatened under the Alberta Wildlife Act and federally under the Species at Risk Act.

Human activity that fragments the landscape, alters predator-prey dynamics, and restricts movement of caribou has the potential to increase the vulnerability of caribou to predators. Consequently, caribou have been the subject of intensive research and conservation efforts. Al-Pac has supported caribou research and management activities on the Forest Management Agreement (FMA) area since 1991.

Al-Pac continues to work with stakeholders, environmental organizations, the Alberta government, the energy industry and others to address caribou issues. Through Integrated Landscape Management, Al-Pac works with other industrial users, including oil and gas, to reduce the industrial footprint and duration of industrial activity within caribou range.

Alberta-Pacific is a member of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), a historic and unique collaboration between 23 major Canadian forest products companies and nine leading environmental organizations (www.canadianborealforestagreement.ca) committed to working together to realize a stronger, more competitive forest industry and a better protected, more sustainably managed Boreal Forest. Phase 1 will initially focus on development of a Woodland Caribou Action Plan that is integrated with a network of protected areas.