The Alberta government has announced support for new conservation projects. Up to 125 jobs will be supported in conservation-related activities, including seed gathering and tree planting to restore seismic lines in caribou management areas. Projects will also focus on culvert and bridge replacement, as well as repairs to water crossings that help recover at-risk species and protect habitat.
“We have put forward a bold, ambitious strategy to build, diversify and create jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jason Nixon, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks. “This investment is key to getting Albertans back to work and enhancing conservation of Alberta’s public lands for future generations.”
The $9.7-million investment in these projects is from the Land Stewardship Fund. This is a temporary measure in response to the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic to stimulate the economy and create new jobs, while achieving important conservation outcomes.
“Today’s announcement will provide substantial benefits to Albertans and rural communities by supporting the province’s caribou recovery strategy, while providing important employment opportunities through construction contracts, field work and operational support,” said Murray Summers, president of the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta. “We are pleased to work with Alberta Environment and Parks, contractors and Indigenous communities in delivering this work throughout central and northern Alberta.”
Projects were identified by the department based on restoring critical habitat, species at risk and endangered species. Activities will be focused in Little Smoky, Cold Lake and Red Earth Caribou Ranges, and on water crossings throughout the province.
Some projects will begin immediately, including tree planting and watercourse crossing replacement, which are season dependent and time sensitive.
For further information, click here: Alberta Land Trust Grant Program