The Government of Alberta is proposing a new wildland provincial park in the Lower Athabasca Region. Biodiversity Stewardship Area – Wildland Provincial Park is a proposed protected region that will be over 166,000 hectares with the purpose of conservation, supporting traditional use of the region and nature-based recreation opportunities. Public input is being accepted until January 20, 2019.
The proposed Biodiversity Stewardship Area – Wildland Provincial Park is located along the southeastern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park, connecting the Birch River Wildland Provincial Park with the Richardson Wildland Provincial Park. The Mikisew Cree First Nation proposed the park, after identifying the region as having natural and conservation value, particularly to the Ronald Lake bison herd. In addition to supporting traditional uses of the land, the proposed park will also improve the protection of the Peace-Athabasca watershed, improve connectivity among neighbouring parks and create an undisturbed region for conservation and remote nature-based recreation.
Online Survey – Alberta Parks
Proposed Biodiversity Stewardship Area – Wildland Provincial Park in the Lower Athabasca Region – Alberta Parks
Fact Sheet – Alberta Parks
Biodiversity Stewardship Area plan – Mikisew Cree First Nation