January 28, 2019
The draft for a federal plan to restore Canada’s largest national park suggests Ottawa is unlikely to ease international concerns about threats posed to its status as a World Heritage site, say environmental groups and First Nations.
“If this is all we’ve got to save the park, we don’t have a very good outlook,” said Kecia Kerr of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, one of the groups worried about the impact of development and climate change on Wood Buffalo National Park.
The federal government has until Friday to respond to concerns raised by UNESCO about the park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary.
The area’s Mikisew Cree First Nation warned UNESCO in 2014 that the sprawling park — one of the world’s largest inland deltas — was in trouble. UNESCO investigators agreed and that triggered a federal study.
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