Wetlands reclamation area attracts new friends

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These animals were caught by a wildlife camera at one of Encana's reclamation sites designed with a focus on restoring wildlife habitat.

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An innovative Encana project to create a sustainable wetland area on a former lease site is getting some interesting animal visitors after its first winter.

The area, located 60 km north of Nordegg, Alberta and under reclamation since 2010, has been replanted with a number of native plants and had the land sculpted to create new wetlands that support the region's biodiversity. Species like moose, elk, black bears, grizzly bears and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds are native to the area along with the wolves, foxes and deer snapped in the last month by the three wildlife cameras located on scene. As the summer progresses and the ground cover in the area naturally develops and increases, it will be interesting to see what else the camera captures. So far Encana has observed an increase in wildlife and species visiting the location.

The vegetation growth in the area will be monitored and compared to other nearby locations for another full year before application for a reclamation certificate takes place in 2013.

This project brought together a collaborative team from Encana's Environmental Liability Management, Land Use Planning and Indigenous Relations teams and received endorsement and approval from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

Read more and see more photos from the creation of the Nordegg wetland habitat project.

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