Media Release - 2010
Policy Reversal Opens Protected Wildlife Area to Mining
|Source: NWT Protected Areas Strategy||
The proposed Edéhzhíe National Wildlife area is awaiting final designation. The negotiations around boundaries concluded earlier this year and the formal request to protect over 14,250 square kilometers were submitted to government in June 2010. The interim withdrawal expired October 31 before the national wildlife area could be designated officially.
Edéhzhíe, also known as the Horn Plateau, is an undulating plateau rising over 400 m over the surrounding boreal plains and lowlands. West of Great Slave Lake, it is one of the natural jewels in the Mackenzie Valley of the Northwest Territories. An area of cultural and ecological significance for the Dehcho and T?icho peoples, this area figures prominently in Dene legends. Wildlife such as caribou and moose are abundant, it has rich wetlands and is a continental bird flyway.
The NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) is a process where Aboriginal communities propose new protected areas of ecological and cultural significance, with the participation of conservation organizations and industry. It is supported and enabled by both the federal and territorial governments. Since 2006, over 31 million acres in the NWT have been slated for protection through either the PAS or Parks Canada processes.
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