Caribou Protection Plan
Caribou Protection Plans (CPPs) are required for all new exploration and construction activities that fall within caribou
zones as shown on the provincially-approved caribou land-use referral map.
CPPs describe how mitigation works towards achieving desired outcomes for caribou habitat within the context of the Woodland
Caribou Policy for Alberta. The desired outcomes are:
- Reducing all sources of human-caused direct mortality associated with anthropogenic features (i.e. hunting, poaching,
and vehicle collision).
- Reducing excessive predator-caused mortality for both calves and adults (i.e. related to predator abundance, distribution,
ease of travel, and hunting success).
- Reducing habitat loss (i.e. due to habitat change or conversion).
- Avoiding habitat changes which negatively affect caribou population growth.
- Avoiding development within key habitats (local and landscape scales) and key seasons.
- Increasing harmonization with the forest industry operating ground rules and long-term spatial forest harvesting plans.
- Reducing the partial avoidance (i.e. reduced use) that caribou demonstrate in relation to industrial features.
- Reducing potential increases in the distribution and productivity of other prey species.
Activities that fall within the Enhanced Approval Process (EAP) do not require a Caribou Protection Plan, as caribou mitigation
actions are part of the Approval Standards and Operating Conditions included in the EAP.
Please review the following documents for caribou protection plan submission information:
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Updated: Oct 22, 2013