Amphibious Vehicles

Evaluating amphibious vehicles for year-round restoration. Read More

Fisheries Sustainable Habitat (FiSH) Committee

Refining and validating regional habitat suitability models. Read More

Surmont Boreal Reclamation Project

ConocoPhillips Canada is conducting a reclamation pilot on the soil stockpile of their Surmont in situ operations that will have both short- and long-term benefits. Read More

Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration

Members of the Land EPA are working collaboratively at a regional scale to achieve more effective conservation and recovery of caribou and their habitat in the Cold Lake Caribou Range. Read More

Nikanotee Fen

Suncor has constructed a 2.9 hectare fen and is now evaluating the success of that project, in order to improve industry’s ability to reclaim the most common wetland type in the oil sands region. Read More

Faster Forests

ConocoPhillips is leading a project that is accelerating the reclamation process of areas that have been disturbed by oil sands exploration and increasing the quality of caribou habitat. Read More

Flying Drilling Rig

Picture a drilling rig. Now picture a flying drilling rig. The SkyStratTM drilling rig is a new type of drilling rig developed by Cenovus. It is approximately two-thirds the size of a conventional rig and can be transported by helicopter. Read More

Topsoil Reconstruction

Subsoil takes hundreds of years to turn into topsoil through natural processes such as biodegradation. One of COSIA’s member companies has developed a technology to transform subsoil into topsoil in just five years. Read More

Oil Sands Vegetation Cooperative

The Oil Sands Vegetation Cooperative has collected significant quantities of seed since 2009, representing over 30 boreal species, many of which would not normally be considered commercial but are important for ecological diversity. Read More

Caribou Habitat Restoration

The Algar Historic Restoration Project and the Linear Deactivation Project are both aimed at addressing rehabilitating seismic lines. Read More

Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs

The Alberta Biodiversity Research Chairs Program is intended to fast-track biodiversity science by providing funding and support to implement on-the-ground research in the boreal forest of northern Alberta. Read More


COSIA’s Land Environmental Priority Area (EPA) is focused on reducing the footprint intensity and impact of oil sands mining and in situ (in place) operations on the land and wildlife of northern Alberta.

Through collaborations with universities, government and research institutes, industry, Aboriginal communities and the wider public, the Land EPA is bringing together world-class expertise to address complex issues related to integrated land management within Alberta’s boreal forests.

The Land EPA identified key issues facing the industry and is working to address the following:

  • footprint intensity reduction — more efficient use of land by reducing the extent and duration of industrial footprints;
  • accelerate reclamation — reclaiming and restoring disturbed land in a timely manner;
  • preserve biodiversity — maintaining natural diversity including bird, mammal and fish
    species with a focus on species of management concern.

COSIA is the overarching collaborative hub within which companies set priorities, drive and share innovation and accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvements.

Examples of current projects include: