Wood Buffalo National Park Threatened

One of the world’s largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada’s biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

Buffalo bull at Wood Buffalo National Park, taken in this 2007 file photo. Mike Drew/Postmedia Network

“This is quite embarrassing,” said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, many of whose members live alongside the park.

“It’s not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo.”

Wood Buffalo is a vast stretch of grassland, forest, wetland and lakes. Its 45,000 square kilometres contain one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas, uncountable flocks of waterfowl and songbirds, as well as ecological cycles and relationships that remain in their natural state.

It’s also the nesting site for the last (naturally occurring) flock of endangered whooping cranes.

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil November 20, 2017 8:53 pm

    Those who hold personal gain above the importance of the air we breathe, the water that sustains us, and the wildlife upon whom we depend as a guidepost for our own humanity, lack the vision required to sustain the planet we all live on.

  2. Maggie November 20, 2017 6:34 pm

    Animals always seem to suffer and get the “short end of the stick”.

  3. Margaret Irvin November 20, 2017 6:31 pm

    Oh, no,Canada! Not you too! Please don’t go the way the U.S. is currently heading!

  4. Barb November 20, 2017 3:29 pm

    It seems to me that in the last decade or so, the phrase “climate change” is the scapegoat for everything wrong in the world. However, this is yet another example of over development of vast stretches of land that have been traditionally held sacred, not touchable. Who’s too blame ? The list is long, very long, indeed.

  5. Elsie Sealander November 20, 2017 1:20 pm

    It’s sad news. The trend today seems that the wishes of the corporate world (oil companies, etc.) is more powerful and gets it’s way. The people must stand up and support organizations that are fighting these activities.