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Oil sands research: land

We carefully consider land use, biodiversity and ecosystems in project planning, operations and reclamation.

Starting at the start
Reclamation of the land at the Kearl oil sands mine is a continuous process. From the outset right through closure and beyond, we will continuously refine our plans and manage the land for its ultimate return to traditional use.

Our Aboriginal Reclamation Planning group has taught me successful reclamation is not just about the plants, but also about how animals can be attracted and encouraged to remain on the reclaimed land.

Lori Neufeld, P. Biol.
Imperial land use and biodiversity lead

Goals at the Kearl oil sands mine

We’ve set out to leave behind self-sustaining boreal forest that support wildlife and traditional uses by Indigenous people.

Using local native seeds, selected through our work with Indigenous communities, we will restore an ecosystem that supports varied medicinal plants plus traditional uses such as trapping, fishing and hunting.

Did you know?
The lands over the oil sands are the vast Boreal Forest Natural Region of Alberta. This visually stunning area is known for short summers, long winters and is made up of deciduous, mixed-wood and coniferous forests amid extensive bogs and fens.