Caribou Conservation Breeding and Translocation Tools Workshop

Bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders and experts to discuss caribou population management options. Read More

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


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: