2022 CE • Alberta, Canada
"Expansion of the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Park in northern Alberta . . . includes almost 152,000 hectares of newly protected boreal forest, wetlands, and critical habitat for at-risk woodland caribou and wood bison. CPAWS [Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society] . . . celebrates the leadership of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in identifying this area for conservation and working collaboratively with industry and the provincial government to achieve this protection. The Mikisew Cree First Nation have been working since 2016 to secure support for Kitaskino. The size of the park now totals just over 314,000 hectares . . . contributes to the largest connected collection of protected areas in the boreal forest in the world. 'This park, and its growing size, is a reflection of the dedication and leadership of Indigenous communities in conservation,' says Kecia Kerr, Executive Director with CPAWS Northern Alberta. 'This collaborative approach to conservation helped companies voluntarily give up their leases to make this permanent protection happen.'
"Largest protection of boreal forest in the world grows even bigger through Indigenous leadership," Canadian Parks and Wildnerness Society, February 2, 2022.
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