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January 3, 2018 — Fort Vermilion, AB — Community members are encouraged to provide feedback on the provincial government’s draft caribou range plans for the area’s threatened Woodland Caribou.

The municipal Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) Committee is hosting six open houses across the region. The Committee wants to hear from community members on what they think of the province’s plans.

“The province’s draft plans completely contradict what the Minister of Environment and Parks promised in the summer. It is vital that we make our voices heard. We want our citizens to have the opportunity to hear directly from us on why we are upset. We also want to make sure people have the facts and a good understanding of the issues so they can also voice their concerns to the province,” said Lisa Wardley, Chair of the NWSAR Committee and Deputy Reeve of Mackenzie County.

December 21, 2017 – Fort Vermilion, AB – The Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) municipal Committee has been engaging with the provincial government for over a year to find solutions to protect the region’s threatened Woodland Caribou, while also protecting northwest Alberta jobs.

The government has just released their proposed plans to protect the region’s caribou. The plans have been released to the public for feedback until March 2018.

After a preliminary look at the proposed plans, the NWSAR Committee is disappointed and opposed to the government’s proposal, specifically as it relates to a potential increase of more conservation lands in their region.

November 29, 2017 – Fort Vermilion, AB –The Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) municipal Committee has been engaging with the provincial government to find solutions to protect the region’s threatened Woodland Caribou while also protecting northwest Alberta jobs.

“We know that a balanced approach to protecting our caribou is what will work best,” said Lisa Wardley, Chair of the NWSAR Committee and Deputy Reeve of Mackenzie County. “The environment and the economy can go hand-in-hand. We can protect our wildlife and our jobs at the same time”.

August 18, 2017 – Fort Vermilion, AB –The Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) Committee met with Alberta’s Environment and Parks Minister to discuss protecting the area’s Woodland Caribou.

The Committee achieved some positive reassurances from the Minister, especially through her public comments, that the province is considering the area’s economic and social well-being as it drafts plans to protect caribou.

Specifically, the Minister addressed many of the Committee’s concerns that it has been advocating for:

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Local municipal committee releases report to both protect Woodland Caribou and support northwest Alberta’s future

May 23, 2017 — Fort Vermilion, AB — Community members are encouraged to provide feedback on protection proposals for the area’s threatened Woodland Caribou.

The municipal Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) committee is creating a proposal to balance the protection of Woodland Caribou while also urging the federal and provincial governments to consider local impacts when implementing a Woodland Caribou recovery strategy.

Media inquiries and interviews

Contact Lisa Wardley, NWSAR Chair & Deputy Reeve for Mackenzie County

Phone: 780-841-5799
Email: lisa@mackenziecounty.com