All new activities that fall within caribou zones, as shown on the provincially-approved caribou land-use referral map, require Caribou Protection Plans. The one exception to this is if caribou conditions are included within the project’s associated Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) Report. In that situation no CPP is required. To determine if your proposed activity has associated caribou conditions, please create a LAT report.
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.
Dispositions that fall within the Master Schedule of Standards and Conditions do not require a Caribou Protection Plan, as caribou mitigation actions are part of the Approval Standards and Operating Conditions included in that system.
Please review the following documents for caribou protection plan submission information:
Updated: Nov 8, 2017