ILM Success Stories

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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:


Seismic Exploration

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.

Lower Athabasca

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:

Upper Athabasca

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:

Lower Peace

No ILM Project news for this area is listed at this time.

Upper Peace

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:

Red Deer

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.

North Saskatchewan

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

South Saskatchewan

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:

Contact ILM

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.


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Updated: Sep 24, 2018