Integrated Land Management Success Stories
By sharing knowledge, planning together and sharing the land base, several land users have successfully reduced their collective
footprint. ILM success stories illustrate what is possible when land users work together to reduce their impact.
Success Stories by Region
There are numerous examples from regions across Alberta of land users working together to manage their impact on the land
and related resources:
Alberta's petroleum industry is built on the work of seismic exploration. Although seismic exploration takes only a short
time to complete, its impact on the landscape can last much longer. Today, low-impact seismic is the Government of Alberta
and industry standard, which has greatly reduced the overall footprint of seismic exploration on the landscape.
AlPac-Opti/Nexen Integrated Planning
"Everybody used to say that forestry and oil and gas could not integrate because we work differently and at separate times
of the year. But this project showed that it works. It proved that you could do it if you want to."
- Don Pope, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industry (Al-Pac)
AlPac and Opti/Nexen demonstrated company-to-company cooperation resulting in sharing the same footprint, harvesting 30
percent fewer trees, and paving the way for future collaboration. Find out more about this ILM success story:
Fort Assiniboine Coal Bed Methane Early Engagement Process
Coal bed methane (CBM) is natural gas – primarily methane – found on the surface and in the cracks of coal. In 2003, the
Fort Assiniboine area was the focus of new industrial operations supporting CBM development. In this area of the province,
existing oil and gas infrastructure was limited.
The companies interested in pursuing CBM saw the opportunity to engage the community early, while at the same time, work
with government to reduce the expected footprint. Read more about this success story:
No ILM Project news for this area is listed at this time.
Berland Smoky Integrated Industrial Access Plan
Through the collaboration between the energy and forestry industries and the department, a primary access
plan has been identified for the Berland Smoky area. Work is underway to develop a regional access plan for secondary road and pipeline access to
complement the primary access plan.
Access Management Plans and Publications
Access the Berland Smoky – Direction for Access Development, and the Berland Smoky Map Information Letters at:
Kakwa Copton Industrial Corridor Plan
Collaboration between 13 resource companies and the government of Alberta is expected to reduce the cumulative effect of
resource development in the Kakwa Copton region by up to 45 percent. This unique effort resulted in the development of the
Kakwa Copton Industrial Access Corridor Plan, which will also be used by other companies who require access to the area
in the future.
Find out more about this ILM success story:
Access the Kakwa Copton Information Letter at:
Buffalo Lake Integrated Shoreline Management Plan
The government of Alberta is working with several municipalities as well as the public to protect the shoreline of Buffalo
Lake, which is located fifty-five kilometres northeast of Red Deer. Stakeholder engagement in the management plan process
has resulted in a plan that suits many user needs and protects the riparian area.
Chungo Creek Industrial Access Management Area
Working together, representatives from forestry and oil and gas industries, the Alberta Research Council, the Department of Energy, and
the former Department of Sustainable Resource Development, identified the obligations and directions for specific development
within the Chungo Creek area.
Access Management Plans and Publications
To view Information Letter 2005-01 and the Annex to the Information Letter, please see the Open Government Portal at:
Access Management Bighorn Backcountry
Ghost Stewardship Monitoring Group
The Ghost Stewardship Monitoring Group worked with the department, demonstrating that diverse
interests could come together to achieve a common vision: sustainable recreational trails in the Ghost Forest Land Use Zone.
With Integrated Land Management, groups who might be seen as competing for the same land base find ways to share—and minimize—their
environmental footprint. That's what's happening in the Ghost Forest Land Use Zone, just west of Calgary. Find out more
about this ILM success story:
Learn more about the Ghost Stewardship Monitoring Group:
For more details about these and other ILM projects taking place throughout Alberta, e-mail
Premier's Award of Excellence
With the help of government partners and the commitment of numerous other non-government land users, the ILM Project received a Silver Premier’s Award of Excellence in 2008.
Updated: Sep 24, 2018