Canada’s Largest National Park, UNESCO Site Threatened

Canada’s largest World Heritage Site is under threat from oil-sands development and hydro dams on the Peace River — where the B.C. government is now planning to build the massive Site C dam. 

While contaminants from the oil-sands are affecting water and air quality, water flows (from the Peace River) through Wood Buffalo National Park are being strangled by dams, according to the highly critical report by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature

Photo credit: National Geographic

The report warned that, if there is not a “major and timely” response to its recommendations the organization will recommend that Wood Buffalo National Park be included in the list of World Heritage in Danger, a list usually reserved for sites in war-torn countries or those facing other disasters. UNESCO is meeting this week in Bahrain and will consider adding Wood Buffalo to the list of of site in danger.

Wood Buffalo National Park covers almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways. It is the breeding grounds for the only self-sustaining population of Whooping cranes.

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  1. rapnblu July 2, 2018 2:59 pm

    To Susanne, Mindy, and anyone else asking if there is anything you can do – a little research turned up several good articles for further reading, and I especially recommend this three part photo essay:

    To take action, go to and click on the second action listed, Help protect Wood Buffalo National Park. It will take you a link where you can draft an easy letter to send electronically. (CPAWS is the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society).

    Spread the word, and keep up all the good fights!

    • Mindy Finklea July 9, 2018 6:11 pm

      Thank you rapnblu

  2. Sidney July 1, 2018 5:02 pm

    All these comments are so on point. All warning signs are there.
    Governments/industries are being told of the consequences of their actions. Yet Greed is destroying this planet daily bit by bit and I wonder what those destroying it will do when there is nothing left to destroy!

  3. Mindy Finklea June 30, 2018 4:37 pm

    Is there anything we can do like write letters, sign petitions, etc?

  4. Elsie Sealander June 29, 2018 7:25 am

    Sad News !

  5. Catherine Wohlfeil June 28, 2018 9:02 pm

    The elevation of greed and self over compassion and unity will only result in the degradation of all we hold dear and the loss of the heaven that could have been if we had respected this planet.

  6. Rev. Sandee D. Kosmo (Sandia Kosmo, pen name) June 28, 2018 6:45 pm

    Please leave Wood Buffalo National Park pristine. It is the main nesting place for North America’s tallest bird, the whooping crane. It took 10 years to find where these rare birds nested. We need to protect them and other species from this environmental disaster. The Park is mentioned in my book, Wakanda Whooper: Te Curious Cinnamon Crane. Save the cranes and other species please.

  7. Barbara June 28, 2018 4:43 pm

    It saddens me to read reports like this one. Greed is surely degrading human, bird, fish and mammals environments. When will enough be enough?

  8. Susanne Shrader June 28, 2018 4:26 pm

    That’s outrageous. As an American, and being on the receiving end of the fall migration, is there anything that I can do?