The October 2017 Federal Government deadline for Caribou Range Plans came and went, and Alberta (like most other jurisdictions) had not delivered on the Federal mandate. However, the Government of Alberta were still committed to establishing 1.8 million hectares of new permanent protected areas in Northwest Alberta for Boreal Caribou, with no management plan for the areas and without understanding the potential socio-economic impacts to local communities, industry and municipalities. 

The Committee decided to host eight open houses across the NWSAR region during January 7th – February 5th 2018 to inform local communities about Boreal Caribou Action Planning, the economic opportunities that could be impacted if the Government of Alberta continues with their planned permanent protected areas, and to learn more about the concerns that local people have regarding Boreal Caribou Action Planning. 

Open houses were held in Zama City, Rainbow Lake, La Crete, High Level, Manning, Eureka River, Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement, and Fort Vermilion.   

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