Northwest Species at Risk

About the NWSAR Committee

After learning of the Government of Alberta’s proposal to permanently protect 1.8 million hectares of land for caribou in northwest Alberta, Councillors from the area’s six municipalities formed the Northwest Species at Risk (NWSAR) Committee to ensure local voices were heard.

the NWSAR Committee created a report for the federal and provincial government’s to consider when implementing plans to protect the Woodland Caribou – which are a threatened species. The Committee wants to see protection plans be effective but also consider the socio-economic impacts to our communities, so that we can be prosperous and keep jobs here. The Committee believes that we can protect the caribou without creating a provincial park and even protect them more effectively without creating a park.

The Government of Alberta is mandated by the federal government to develop and provide caribou Range Plans for 18 different herds by October 5, 2017. The NWSAR Committee has submitted their report to both levels of government and continues to work with the governments to find a solution for our area.

The NWSAR member municipalities are

Mackenzie County, County of Northern Lights, Clear Hills County, Town of High Level, Town of Manning and the Town of Rainbow Lake

For More Information... 

Please visit the Northwest Species at Risk committee website where you can find the NWSAR full report which outlines the committees recommendations for Boreal Woodland Caribou Population Recovery in Northwest Alberta. 

Council members on Committee: Mayor Crystal McAteer and Deputy Mayor Langford

Meetings occur as needed.