The government of Alberta is creating jobs by investing in conservation projects through Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
Up to 125 jobs will be supported in conservation-related activities, such as seed gathering and tree planting to restore seismic lines in caribou management areas, while other projects will focus on culvert and bridge replacement, and repairs to water crossings that help recover at-risk species and protect habitat.
“We have put forward a bold, ambitious strategy to build, diversify, and create jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment is key to getting Albertans back to work and enhancing conservation of Alberta’s public lands for future generations,” said the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon.
“Trout Unlimited Canada supports the provincial government’s investment to remediate problem stream crossings. This is a great opportunity to address fish passage and sedimentation issues impacting native trout populations. In addition to the benefits to fish, wildlife, and the health of our rivers, this work creates jobs for engineers, aquatic biologists, restoration specialists, and construction contractors within our communities,” said Trout Unlimited Canada Biologist, Lesley Peterson.
The Land Stewardship Fund provided a $9.7 million investment to the conservation projects and is a temporary measure to stimulate the economy while creating jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Projects were identified based on restoring critical habitat, species at risk, and endangered species.
“Today’s announcement will provide substantial benefits to Albertans and rural communities by supporting the province’s caribou recovery strategy while providing important employment opportunities through construction contracts, fieldwork, and operational support. We are pleased to work with Alberta Environment and Parks, contractors, and Indigenous communities in delivering this work,” said Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta President, Murray Summers.