Alberta releases draft plan to help endangered woodland caribou herds

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EDMONTON — Alberta has released a draft plan in an attempt to help recover endangered woodland caribou.

The draft plan is in response to a federal deadline under the Species at Risk Act that passed in October.

Alberta says it’s trying to find a balance between achieving self-sustaining caribou populations, meeting the federal requirements and addressing economic and environmental issues.

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The province will spend more than $85 million in the next five years to restore caribou habitat, build rearing facilities and come up with other measures.

That total includes $9.2 million already spent on recovery efforts.

Restoration work has already started in the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou ranges, where seismic lines are being deactivitated and trees are being planted.

The Canadian Press

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