Woodland Caribou (Southern Mountain and Boreal population) in Alberta: draft conservation agreement

Agreement for the conservation and recovery of the Woodland caribou in Alberta  

This agreement for the conservation and recovery of the southern mountain and boreal caribou (“agreement”) is made in duplicate as of [Date], pursuant to Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (Canada) and sections 10 and 11 of the Government Organization Act (Alberta).

Between

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada,
as represented by the Minister of the Environment
who is responsible for the Department of the Environment
(“Canada” or “Environment and Climate Change Canada” “ECCC”)

And

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta,
as represented by the Minister of Environment and Parks (“Alberta” “AB”)

(hereinafter the “parties”)

Preamble

Whereas the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou; southern mountain caribou and boreal caribou) have been listed as threatened under the Species at Risk Act (Canada) and as threatened under the Wildlife Act (Alberta) RSA 2000, c W-10;

And whereas Alberta and Canada recognize their respective and shared accountability to conserve and recover all Woodland Caribou populations in Alberta;

And whereas Alberta and Canada wish to cooperate in the identification of conservation and recovery measures and recognize their shared responsibility of delivering conservation and recovery measures to support protection and recovery of Woodland Caribou;

And whereas Alberta has legislative responsibility for, among other things, wildlife management, including species at risk, and decisions respecting natural resources and provincial Crown and private lands, in the province of Alberta and has the responsibility to lead on conservation and recovery measures for Woodland Caribou in the province;

And whereas Canada has legislative responsibility for wildlife species located on federal lands, and wildlife species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act, which includes provisions to address recovery, as well as the protection of listed wildlife species including the individuals, their residences and critical habitat on non-federal land in certain circumstances;

And whereas conservation measures for the Jasper/Banff local population unit and the portion of the A La Peche local population unit that occurs within Jasper National Park are described in the multi-species action plans for Banff and Jasper national parks, and critical habitat located within Banff, Jasper and Wood Buffalo national parks is protected under subsection 58(1) of the Species at Risk Act;

And whereas this agreement does not pertain to federal lands;

And whereas the parties recognize a role for Indigenous peoples in the conservation of wildlife in Alberta including the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou;

And whereas the parties recognize that Indigenous peoples’ perspectives will be relevant to inform implementation of this agreement including with respect to their constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights;

And whereas the parties recognize that the protection of the habitat of species at risk is key to their conservation and recovery;

And whereas the parties recognize the value of species conservation and recovery;

And whereas section 11 of the Species at Risk Act provides the competent ministers with the authority to enter into conservation agreements with any other government in Canada, organization or person to benefit a species at risk or enhance its survival in the wild, such agreements must provide for the taking of conservation measures and any other measures consistent with the purposes of the Species at Risk Act;

And whereas sections 10 and 11 of the Government Organization Act, RSA 2000, c G-10 provides that Alberta may enter into an intergovernmental agreement.

And whereas the parties recognize that Woodland Caribou conservation and recovery will require long-term resourcing and commitment on behalf of both parties to be successful;

And whereas the parties are both signatories to the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk (1996);

Now therefore, the parties commit to the following:

1. Definitions

“Indigenous peoples”
includes “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” within the meaning of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
“Range plans”
refer to plans, consistent with Canada’s range plan guidance, that provide information on historical monitoring and science on a specific Woodland Caribou population or group of populations, as well as actions required to conserve and recover Woodland Caribou populations within a particular geographic area, including how range-specific land and/or resource activities will be managed over space and time to protect and recover Woodland Caribou habitat.
“Recovery strategies”
means the federal Amended Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada (2019) and the federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) Southern Mountain Population in Canada (2014).
“Woodland Caribou”
means the southern mountain and boreal populations of Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Alberta.

2. Goal and purpose

2.1 The overarching goal of this agreement is to articulate the actions the parties will take over the next five years to support the conservation and recovery of local Woodland Caribou populations to self-sustaining status in the long term, in line with the population and distribution objectives and critical habitat outcomes outlined in the federal recovery strategies and aligned with A Woodland Caribou Policy for Alberta.

2.2 The purpose of this agreement is to set out effective conservation and recovery measures that will be taken by the parties to support conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou local populations in Alberta. These measures include: landscape planning; habitat conservation and management; mortality and population management; and population and habitat monitoring.

3. Principles

3.1 The following principles will guide interpretation and implementation of this agreement.

3.2 Collaboration

3.3 Results focus

3.4 Use of best available information

3.5 Adaptive management

3.6 Transparency

4. Interpretation

4.1 The preamble hereof and any appendices hereto form an integral part of this agreement.

4.2 This agreement does not create any new legal powers or duties on the part of the parties nor does it alter the powers and duties established by the Species at Risk Act, the Wildlife Act or any other federal legislation or legislation in Alberta.

4.3 Neither party relinquishes or acquires any jurisdiction, right, power, privilege, prerogative or immunity by virtue of this agreement.

4.4 Where access to property under the administration and control of third parties is necessary to carry out conservation measures, the parties recognize the need for access to be obtained through agreements with, or approvals from the owners, occupiers or custodians of those properties. However, the parties acknowledge that despite their efforts to obtain access from third parties for the purposes of carrying out conservation measures, obtaining access from third parties may not be possible and delivery of conservation measures may be delayed or prevented.

4.5 For greater certainty, nothing in this agreement should be interpreted as limiting the right of any person to engage in activities referred to in section 83 of the Species at Risk Act, subject to any applicable conditions prescribed in that section.

5. Collaborate and cooperate on recovery strategies, action plans, and range plans

5.1 The parties will cooperate in the development, amendment and implementation of recovery strategies, action plans, management plans, range plans and similar documents related to the recovery of Woodland Caribou. This cooperation will include:

6. Indigenous peoples engagement

6.1 The parties commit to engage with Indigenous peoples for the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou; each party in accordance with its established policies and practices.

6.2 With respect to this agreement, the parties will:

6.3 The parties commit to consider relevant knowledge that Indigenous peoples share with the parties, in Woodland Caribou assessment, protection, conservation and recovery efforts.

7. Stakeholder engagement

7.1 The parties commit to engaging with stakeholders for the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou.

7.2 With respect to this agreement, the parties will:

8. Conservation and recovery measures for woodland caribou

8.1 The parties acknowledge that:

8.2 The parties commit to achieve naturally self-sustaining local Woodland Caribou populations in Alberta, consistent with the population and distribution objectives set out in the recovery strategies. The parties acknowledge the following targets will guide the application and evaluation of conservation and recovery measures over the short, medium, and long term;

8.3 The parties commit to investing in, developing and implementing conservation and recovery measures which contribute to achievement, over time, of the Woodland Caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the recovery strategies. The parties acknowledge the following targets will guide the application and evaluation of conservation and recovery measures over the immediate, short, medium and long term.

8.4 To achieve the above commitments the parties will implement the conservation and recovery measures described in the tables listed below (see appendix B):

9. Governance

9.1 The representatives of the parties (as referred to in section 16.1 of this agreement) will establish a committee composed of delegates referred to in sections 16.2 and 16.3. This committee will:

10. Information sharing and research

10.1 The parties agree, subject to applicable data sharing agreements, or legislative provisions that would prevent them from doing so, to provide the other party access at no charge to available data and information relevant to the implementation of this agreement. This includes:

10.2 Some data and information may require confidentiality, or may have been obtained with an understanding of confidentiality, for reasons including but not limited to ensuring safe and effective implementation of conservation and recovery measures. Data and information so identified by a party, or a collaborator in programs and activities related to this agreement, will be held confidential by the parties to the extent permitted by their respective legislation and related policies, procedures, and agreements.

10.3 Each party may identify research or monitoring needs to increase knowledge that will enhance Woodland Caribou conservation, management or recovery in Alberta.

10.4 The parties will collaborate to evaluate internally and externally generated research or monitoring proposals to ensure they contribute meaningfully to Woodland Caribou conservation, management and recovery.

11. Financial arrangements and support

11.1 Recognizing the significant financial investments required to support Woodland Caribou conservation and recovery, the parties will work together on an annual basis to identify needs, priorities and funding opportunities to implement conservation and recovery measures to achieve the recovery outcomes identified in this agreement.

11.2 The parties recognize that implementation of this agreement is subject to their respective appropriations, priorities and budgetary constraints.

12. Monitoring and reporting

12.1 Representatives of the parties or their delegates (identified in section 16) agree to convene at least annually to develop and/or review work plans and financial investments for the coming year, and review and document the progress of conservation and recovery measures (set out in appendix B) and commitments under this agreement in an annual report. In this review, the representatives will examine the conservation and recovery measures, including progress on implementation, and the proposed conservation and recovery measures for the next year.

12.2 The annual report will be prepared by committee referred to in section 9.1 and presented to the Representatives referred to in section 16.1.

12.3 A comprehensive report, summarizing the status of conservation and recovery measures over multiple years, will be prepared in years when Canada is preparing the report referred to in section 46 of the Species at Risk Act.

12.4 The annual and comprehensive reports will be used to inform reporting requirements under sections 46 and 63 and paragraph 126(c) of the Species at Risk Act.

12.5 These reports will address:

12.6 Based on the review outlined in section 12.1, the parties will evaluate the conservation and recovery measures listed in this agreement, and propose any additional commitments which may be required to increase the likelihood of achieving the conservation and recovery of Woodland Caribou in Alberta.

12.7 The comprehensive report will be used to inform discussions on renewal of this agreement.

13 Agreement duration, termination and renewal

13.1 This agreement takes effect on the date of the last signature affixed to this agreement (“Effective Date”). It will remain in force for a term of five years, unless terminated earlier by one of the parties or the parties agree to terminate it.

13.2 Either party may terminate this agreement for any reason, 90 days after consulting with and providing written notice to the other party.

13.3 The parties may renew this agreement or any part of it, and its term may be extended with the written consent of the parties prior to the expiration of this agreement.

14. Amendment

14.1 This agreement may be amended from time to time with the written consent of the parties.

14.2 In particular, appendix B to this agreement may be amended in writing from time to time, as required, and automatically incorporated to this agreement, as amended, by the written consent of the parties.

14.3 In case of amendments to either or both of the recovery strategies, the parties will consider whether amendments to this agreement are warranted.

15. Dispute resolution

15.1 In the event of a dispute between the parties arising out of this agreement, the parties will use the following procedure to resolve the dispute:

16. Designation for implementation of this agreement

16.1. For the purposes of this agreement, the representatives of the parties are:

16.2. The administration and day-to-day implementation of this agreement will be carried out on behalf of Canada by delegates of the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

16.3. The administration and day-to-day implementation of this agreement will be carried out on behalf of Alberta by delegates of the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Parks.

16.4. Where this agreement requires notice be provided or received, or consent be given, the Representative of each party identified in section 16.1 may provide or receive notice or give the consent required.

17. Counterparts

17.1. This agreement may be signed in several counterparts and each counterpart shall constitute an original document; these counterparts taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement. The parties agree that executed counterparts may be transmitted electronically and that such counterparts shall be treated as originally executed instruments. Each party undertakes to provide the others with a copy of the original agreement bearing actual original signatures within a reasonable period of time following execution of this agreement.

18. Signatures

In witness whereof, the parties have executed this agreement.

On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada,
as represented by the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Wildlife Service.

_______________________________
Niall O'Dea
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Canadian Wildlife Service,
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Signed this___________day of _______, 2019.

On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in right of the Province Alberta,
as represented by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning, Alberta Environment and Parks.

_______________________________
Ronda Goulden
Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning Division
Environment and Parks
Signed this___________day of _______, 2019.

Approved pursuant to the Government Organization Act

________________________________
Intergovernmental Relations, Executive Council
Signed this___________day of _______, 2019

Appendix A: Map identifying location of Woodland Caribou local populations

Map  of Alberta
Alberta Caribou ranges

Appendix B: Woodland Caribou recovery measures table

Table A – Landscape planning

Table A – Landscape planning
Management tool Contribution to population and distribution objectives Action objective over term of agreement Accountable agency Ranges Deliverables 2019-20 Deliverables 2020-21 Deliverables 2021-22 Deliverables 2022-23 Deliverables 2023-24

A.1 Range planning

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

A.1.1 Complete range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies and consistent with ECCC’s Range Plan Guidance for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (2016)

Alberta

Redrock/Prairie Creek, Narraway, Cold Lake, Bistcho

Indigenous and multi-stakeholder sub-regional task forces will be established to recommend community-based solutions to range-specific details that achieve critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing.

Advance energy footprint management planning

Initiate revisions to forest company Forest Management Plans to incorporate harvest sequencing and annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery.

Regional access management planning initiated

Ongoing range planning

Finalize industrial access management plans to guide energy footprint development, for incorporation in the range plans

Develop recreational access management plans, for incorporation in the range plans

Finalize and implement range plans for identified ranges

Forest Management Plans will be approved and implemented

Forest Management Plans will be approved and implemented

Not applicable

A.1 Range planning

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

A.1.2 Complete range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies and consistent with ECCC’s Range Plan Guidance for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (2016)

Alberta

Chinchaga, East Side of the Athabasca, Little Smoky, A La Peche, Nipisi, Slave Lake

Indigenous and multi-stakeholder sub-regional task forces will be established to recommend community-based solutions to range-specific details that achieve critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies  

Provide capacity funding to enhance Indigenous peoples involvement in range plan development and explore opportunities for involvement in implementation

Finalize industrial access management plans to guide energy footprint development, for incorporation in the range plans

Develop recreational access management plans, for incorporation in the range plan

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery.

Work to revise Forest Management Plans

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and finalize and implement range plans for the remaining caribou ranges

Work to revise Forest Management Plans

Finalize and implement range plans for identified ranges

Forest Management Plans for identified ranges will be approved and implemented

Forest Management Plans for identified ranges will be approved and implemented

A.1 Range planning

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

A.1.3 Complete range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies and consistent with ECCC’s Range Plan Guidance for Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (2016)

Alberta

Yates, Caribou Mountains, Red Earth, Richardson, West Side of the Athabasca

Not applicable

Indigenous and multi-stakeholder sub-regional task forces will be established to recommend community-based solutions to range-specific details that achieve critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Finalize industrial access management plans to guide energy footprint development, for incorporation in the range plans

Develop recreational access management plans, for incorporation in the range plan

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery .

Work to revise Forest Management Plans

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and finalize and implement range plans for the remaining caribou ranges

Work to revise Forest Management Plans

Finalize and implement range plans for identified ranges

Forest Management Plans for remaining ranges will be approved and implemented

A.2 Cross-jurisdictional coordination

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

A.2.1 Develop and implement complimentary conservation measures with neighbouring federal, territorial and provincial jurisdictions for shared woodland caribou populations

Environment and Climate Change Canada and Alberta

Transboundary ranges

Formalize process and initiate engagement with neighbouring jurisdictions

Develop and implement plans for shared woodland caribou populations

Develop and implement plans for shared woodland caribou populations

Not applicable

Not applicable

A.3 Legal Authority for Range Plans

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

A.3.1 Establish caribou range plans under provincial legislation

Alberta

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Enable range plans under provincial legislation

Range plans are published in the Alberta Gazette

Range plans are published in the Alberta Gazette

Not applicable

A.4 Range Boundary Updates

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Enable effective range plans

A.4.1 Adjust select woodland caribou range boundaries to reflect current scientific information including requirements for caribou conservation and recovery

Alberta (lead)
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Caribou Mountains, Yates, Richardson and Red Earth

Finalize adjusted range boundaries and incorporate in provincial land use planning and approval processes

Updated range boundaries are available for incorporation into future Recovery Strategy amendments

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

A.5 Accommodate the probable effects of climate change in Alberta’s range plan

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Enable effective range plans

A.5.1 Identify possible effects and outcomes of climate change on Alberta’s boreal conditions and incorporate climate change effects within Alberta range plans.

Alberta

All

Identify possible effects and outcomes of climate change on Alberta’s boreal conditions and propose how they may be reflected within range plans.

Update and incorporate climate change effects within Alberta range plans.

Update and incorporate climate change effects within Alberta range plans.

Update and incorporate climate change effects within Alberta range plans.

Update and incorporate climate change effects within Alberta range plans.

Table B – Habitat conservation and management

Table B – Habitat conservation and management
Management tool Contribution to population and distribution objectives Action objective over term of agreement Accountable agency Ranges Deliverables 2019-20 Deliverables 2020-21 Deliverables 2021-22 Deliverables 2022-23 Deliverables 2023-24

B.1 Restoration

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Increase critical habitat

B.1.1 Restore linear footprint to contribute to achievement of woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Set up Indigenous and multi-stakeholder Restoration Steering Committee to support habitat restoration program implementation

Establish funding mechanisms to enable partnership with industry and federal government

Selected activities include: seed collection in Little Smoky and A La Peche; initiate up to 200 km of seismic line in Little Smoky; aerial photo interpretation and ground truthing of existing linear feature footprint in Chinchaga, Bistcho, Yates, Redrock/Prairie Creek and Narraway ranges

Continuation of legacy footprint restoration program in Cold Lake range

Develop 5 year program plan and annual workplan that includes identification of engagement activities with trappers and Indigenous peoples

Restoration of legacy footprint in Little Smoky, A La Peche, Redrock/Prairie Creek, Narraway and Cold Lake ranges

Expand provincial restoration program. Includes seed collections, growing seedlings and site treatments in priority areas.
Establish a process for tracking restoration work and a procedure for addressing proposals for development on restored areas

Alberta’s Provincial Restoration and Establishment Framework for Legacy Seismic
Lines in Alberta published

Expansion of restoration program in Little Smoky, A La Peche, Redrock/Prairie Creek, Narraway and Cold Lake ranges, and other ranges, under advisement of the Steering Committee

Continue scaling up of provincial restoration program. Includes seed collections, growing seedlings and site treatments in priority areas

Continue scaling up of provincial restoration program. Includes seed collections, growing seedlings and site treatments in priority areas

Continue scaling up of provincial restoration program. Includes seed collections, growing seedlings and site treatments in priority areas

B.1 Restoration

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

B.1.2 Indigenous peoples involvement to identify desired access routes

B.1.3 Capacity funding will help to support this work

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Work with interested Indigenous peoples to identify desired access routes

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

B.2 Forest harvest management

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Reduce impacts to critical habitat (that is, disturbance and biophysical habitat) and to caribou population trend and distribution

B.2.1 Complete range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and other associated actions as listed above

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and other associated actions as listed above

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and other associated actions as listed above

Complete and implement forest harvest sequencing, including annual allowable harvest volumes that support caribou recovery, and other associated actions as listed above

Not applicable

B.2 Forest harvest management

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

B.2.2 Phase out pine surge, and implement reduced conifer harvest levels in caribou ranges (in accordance with approved Forest Management Plans and forest harvest sequences)

B.2.3 Implement staged harvest reduction together with revised harvest sequences

Alberta

Little Smoky, A La Peche, Chinchaga, Slave Lake, Nipisi, Redrock Prairie Creek, Narraway

Progressively reduce the pine surge

Progressively reduce the pine surge

Pine surge reduction in Chinchaga completed by May 2020

Reduced conifer harvest level in Redrock/Prairie Creek and Narraway

Progressively reduce the pine surge

Reduced conifer harvest level in specific FMUs in Nipisi and Slave Lake in place by May 2021

Pine surge in Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou ranges to be eliminated starting May 2022

Work towards pine surge reduction in Slave Lake range by 2024

B.2 Forest harvest management

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

B.2.4 Develop and revise Forest Management Plans (FMPs) to incorporate new caribou-related spatial harvest sequence and associated considerations

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Not applicable

Not applicable

Forest Management Plans will be approved and implemented

Forest Management Plans will be approved and implemented

Forest Management Plans will be approved and implemented

B.3 Wildfire management planning

Reduction of wildfire risk to caribou values in accordance with Wildfire Management priorities

B.3.1 Incorporation of caribou range values (e.g., critical habitat, caribou population occurrence, rearing facilities) in Wildfire Management Plans  

Alberta

Little Smoky, A La Peche, RedRock/Prairie Creek, Narraway

Values are to be identified within each caribou range and provided to Wildfire Management for Forest Area Wildfire Management Planning

Strategies for addressing wildfire risk are identified in each caribou range. Update Wildfire Management Plans, if required, and progressively implement for existing plans and as plans are developed

Strategies for addressing wildfire risk are identified in each caribou range. Update Wildfire Management Plans, if required, and progressively implement for existing plans and as plans are developed

Progressive implementation

Review strategies and implementation; develop and implement adjustments as needed

B.3 Wildfire management planning

Reduction of wildfire risk to caribou values in accordance with Wildfire Management priorities

B.3.2 Incorporation of caribou range values (e.g., critical habitat, caribou population occurrence, rearing facilities) in Wildfire Management Plans  

Alberta

All remaining ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Values are to be identified within each caribou range and provided to Wildfire Management for Forest Area Wildfire Management Planning

Values are to be identified within each caribou range and provided to Wildfire Management for Forest Area Wildfire Management Planning

Strategies for addressing wildfire risk are identified in each caribou range. Update Wildfire Management Plans, if required, and progressively implement for existing plans and as plans are developed

Strategies for addressing wildfire risk are identified in each caribou range. Update Wildfire Management Plans, if required, and progressively implement for existing plans and as plans are developed

Progressive implementation

B.4 Energy development management

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Net reduction in disturbance to critical habitat from energy development footprint.

Reduce impacts to critical habitat (that is, disturbance and biophysical habitat) and to caribou population trend and distribution

B.4.1 Explore development agreements

Alberta

West central ranges (Little Smoky, A La Peche, Redrock/Prairie Creek, Narraway)

Alberta will pursue and implement development agreements or other actions with energy companies to reduce footprint of future developments

Regional Access Management Planning initiated

Alberta will pursue and implement development agreements or other actions with energy companies to reduce footprint of future developments

Finalize and implement regional access management plans for the Little Smoky and A La Peche ranges, and for the Cold Lake range

Initiate regional access management plans for RedRock/Prairie Creek, Narraway and Nipisi

Alberta will pursue and implement development agreements or other actions with energy companies to reduce footprint of future developments

Finalize and implement regional access management plans for RedRock/Prairie Creek, Narraway and Nipisi

Alberta will pursue and implement development agreements or other actions with energy companies to reduce footprint of future developments

Alberta will pursue and implement development agreements or other actions with energy companies to reduce footprint of future developments

B.5 Land use management

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

Minimize destruction and disturbance of critical habitat

B.5.1 Evaluate and revise existing project approval conditions for energy, forestry and other land uses, and develop new conditions to reduce impacts to caribou critical habitat, individual caribou and caribou populations, including cumulative effects

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Make permanent the referral of all non-standard energy industry applications by the Alberta Energy Regulator to Alberta Environment and Parks - Wildlife Management staff for review and comment

Review and update the Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions related to caribou ranges

Assess and implement use of reservations and notations to assist in achieving caribou critical habitat outcomes as listed in the Recovery Strategies

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

B.5 Land use management

Maintain connectivity within and between habitat patches and local population ranges to support Woodland Caribou recovery.

B.5.2 Consider potential management actions for identified important areas that occur outside range boundaries

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Assess important areas for opportunities and needs related to management actions

Document and implement any management actions

Document and implement any management actions

Document and implement any management actions

Not applicable

Table C - Mortality and population management

Table C - Mortality and population management
Management tool Contribution to population and distribution objectives Action objective over term of agreement Accountable agency Ranges Deliverables 2019-20 Deliverables 2020-21 Deliverables 2021-22 Deliverables 2022-23 Deliverables 2023-24

C.1 Predator management

Reduce mortality of caribou due to predation

C.1.1 Wolf population management

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Maintain current predator management programming

Assess need for predator management in additional caribou ranges and identify the need to coordinate with neighbouring jurisdictions

Ongoing coordination of predator management program delivery with British Columbia (that is, Red Rock/Prairie Creek, Narraway and Chinchaga)

Ongoing predator management programming

Implement predator management actions as agreed upon during cross-jurisdictional discussions (see next action objective)

Ongoing predator management programming

Implement predator management actions as agreed upon during cross-jurisdictional discussions (see next action objective)

Ongoing predator management programming

Implement predator management actions as agreed upon during cross-jurisdictional discussions (see next action objective)

Ongoing predator management programming

Implement predator management actions as agreed upon during cross-jurisdictional discussions (see next action objective)

Five year reporting on range-specific predator management activities

C.1 Predator management

Reduce mortality of caribou due to predation

C.1.2 Convene neighbouring federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on predator management.

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Transboundary ranges

Convene relevant neighbouring federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions to identify the need for and collaborate on predator management actions for Jasper, A La Peche, Cold Lake and East Side of the Athabasca River caribou populations

Convene relevant neighbouring federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions to identify the need for and collaborate on predator management actions for additional local populations based on needs assessment (see previous row), as necessary

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

C.1 Predator management

Reduce mortality of caribou due to predation

C.1.3 Evaluate effectiveness of Alberta Trappers Association-led pilot program to increase wolf harvest by  Registered Fur Management Area (RFMA) holders

Alberta

Little Smoky
A La Peche, Cold Lake
East Side of the Athabasca River

Assess pilot program including participation levels by RFMA holders and effectiveness

Continued delivery of pilot program, and enhancement related to training of RFMA holders and Indigenous trappers

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

C.2 Captive rearing

Reduce mortality of caribou due to predation

C.2.1 Establish rearing facility in Little Smoky range and commence 5-year pilot program

Alberta

Little Smoky

Completion of project scoping

Plan finalization, construction. Preparation for caribou transfer and operations

Caribou transfer to established facility

Ongoing operations

Ongoing operations

C.2 Captive rearing

Reduce mortality of caribou due to predation

C.2.2 Explore opportunities for collaboration with Indigenous peoples

Alberta

Little Smoky

Begin engagement

Continue engagement

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

C.3 Harvest management

Reduce human-caused caribou mortality

C.3.1 Assess the need for establishing a conservation closure to prohibit killing of caribou

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Assess need for conservation closure

Identify communities that harvest caribou

Initiate consultation with identified communities and non-community based stakeholders, including current woodland caribou harvest and desired future woodland caribou harvest

Establish conservation closure as required

Not applicable

Not applicable

C.4 Alternative prey management

Reduce mortality of caribou population due to predation

C.4.1 Vegetation management to reduce alternative prey forage

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Complete and deliver range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Complete and deliver range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Complete and deliver range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Complete and deliver range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

Complete and deliver range-specific plans that over time will achieve woodland caribou critical habitat outcomes set out in the Recovery Strategies

C.4 Alternative prey management

Reduce mortality of caribou population due to predation

C.4.2 Increased harvest opportunities for alternative prey species

Alberta

Caribou ranges receiving predator management actions

Assess alternative prey abundance, and harvest levels by Indigenous peoples with constitutionally recognized harvesting rights. Enhance licenced harvesting opportunities where needed to avoid alternative prey population increases

Assess alternative prey abundance, and harvest levels by Indigenous peoples with constitutionally recognized harvesting rights. Enhance licenced harvesting opportunities where needed to avoid alternative prey population increases

Assess alternative prey abundance, and harvest levels by Indigenous peoples with constitutionally recognized harvesting rights. Enhance licenced harvesting opportunities where needed to avoid alternative prey population increases

Assess alternative prey abundance, and harvest levels by Indigenous peoples with constitutionally recognized harvesting rights. Enhance licenced harvesting opportunities where needed to avoid alternative prey population increases

Assess alternative prey abundance, and harvest levels by Indigenous peoples with constitutionally recognized harvesting rights. Enhance licenced harvesting opportunities where needed to avoid alternative prey population increases

Table D - Population and habitat monitoring

Table D - Population and habitat monitoring
Management tool Contribution to population and distribution objectives Action objective over term of agreement Accountable agency Ranges Deliverables 2019-20 Deliverables 2020-21 Deliverables 2021-22 Deliverables 2022-23 Deliverables 2023-24

D.1 Monitoring

Monitor annual population growth and distribution

D.1.1 Assess caribou population status

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Implement annual program and prepare a report

Implement annual program and prepare a report

Implement annual program and prepare a report

Implement annual program and prepare a report

Implement annual program and prepare a report

D.1 Monitoring

Estimate range-specific population size

D.1.2 Estimate total population size

Alberta

One or two ranges per year to establish baseline conditions

Field work, analyses and reporting

Field work, analyses and reporting

Field work, analyses and reporting

Field work, analyses and reporting

Field work, analyses and reporting

D.1 Monitoring

Habitat disturbance by human and natural sources

D.1.3 Develop a monitoring and reporting framework for habitat disturbance and recovery, including areas where habitat restoration has been initiated

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Assess trends in habitat disturbance and recovery, biophysical habitat, and spatial arrangement of habitat

Annual report

Annual report

Annual report

Prepare 5 year report

D.1 Monitoring

Critical habitat and caribou population recovery

D.1.4 Effectively deliver woodland caribou conservation and recovery measures

Alberta

All ranges in whole or in part on provincial land

Evaluate and coordinate areas where additional knowledge will help inform effective conservation and recovery measures (e.g., silvacultural prescriptions)

Evaluate and coordinate areas where additional knowledge will help inform effective conservation and recovery measures (e.g., silvacultural prescriptions)

Evaluate and coordinate areas where additional knowledge will help inform effective conservation and recovery measures (e.g., silvacultural prescriptions)

Evaluate and coordinate areas where additional knowledge will help inform effective conservation and recovery measures (e.g., silvacultural prescriptions)

Evaluate and coordinate areas where additional knowledge will help inform effective conservation and recovery measures (e.g., silvacultural prescriptions)

D.1 Monitoring

Delineation of critical habitat

D.1.5 Delineation of range categories within each local population unit for southern mountain caribou ranges

Environment and Climate Change Canada

A La Peche
Narraway
Redrock-Prairie Creek

Environment and Climate Change Canada to provide  geospatial information of range categories within each local population unit

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

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