Our land management practices are designed to progressively reclaim land throughout our operations while supporting the local biodiversity of each region. Canadian Natural invests in several research and monitoring programs to improve land reclamation practices and minimize habituation of local wildlife at our operations. The data collected helps us develop informed decisions and continue improving our practices.
Independent scientists’ studies on moose, wolves and migratory birds have helped us improve our mitigation strategies to manage the impact that our mining and thermal operations have on wildlife. They have also shown that local wildlife can successfully thrive close to our facilities.
At Horizon, an ongoing early successional wildlife monitoring program is helping us assess to what extent wildlife is returning to and re-establishing on reclaimed habitats. Results thus far have shown a return of small mammals, amphibians, songbirds, and bats. This program was incorporated into similar initiatives being funded by industry, allowing for monitoring of wildlife on a regional scale. Results of these studies are incorporated into our wildlife management and reclamation programs to develop best practices in the years ahead.
Read our Reclamation section for more information on how vegetation research is helping us shape best practices for reclamation.