Cold Lake & East Side Athabasca Woodland Caribou Ranges

Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration (RICC)

2014 - 2020

Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat

The Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration (RICC) is a group of energy and forestry companies operating in the Cold Lake and East Side Athabasca Woodland Caribou Ranges.

This group collaborates to restore woodland caribou habitat within these ranges, sharing innovations and best practices to optimize results and improve habitat for this endangered species.

Figure 1. RICC Target Caribou Ranges.

Since 2014, Reclaimit has worked with of one of her clients, a RICC member, to restore caribou habitat within the East Side Athabasca Range (ESAR).

To date, habitat restoration activities have included:

  • Restoration of 98 km of legacy seismic line and other linear features
  • Creating 6870 ha of contiguous caribou habitat in the ESAR.
  • Planting 75,000 seedlings
  • Contributing innovative practices for linear restoration in a variety of ecosystems

Figure 2. Two animals out of a group of four woodland caribou that wandered onto an active Reclaimit worksite, Saskatchewan, 2015.

Figure 3. Example of target linear feature prior to treatment.

Figure 5. Ground level view of a line treated with mounding and planting in February 2019.

Figure 6. Forest recovery progress since treatment in the winter of 2014, as observed in May 2020.