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Land & wildlife

Our activities on the landscape are temporary and we develop restoration plans even before we begin work on a project. When we design our facilities and operating procedures, we take biodiversity considerations into account so that we can restore the natural diversity of plants and animals at the end of a facility’s life. Ultimately, all the land we use will be reclaimed, including access roads, well pads and seismic lines. Once the entire project is complete and the equipment and infrastructure are removed, we plant trees and other vegetation and then let nature take its course.

Cenovus is focused on actively restoring more land within caribou ranges. In 2016, we announced a $32 million, 10-year caribou habitat restoration program, the largest project of its kind in the world. The program involves restoring up to 4,000 kilometres of linear land disturbances and planting up to five million trees. Protection of caribou, listed as a threatened species by the federal government, is a priority for Cenovus as caribou ranges are spread across the oil sands region of Alberta.

Cenovus is a part of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Area-Based Closure program that sets an annual spending target for each company and allows us to work with industry peers to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

What we're doing to reduce land impact

Learn about the technology and innovation we use to reduce our impact on land and wildlife.

Quick facts

  • As part of our Caribou Habitat Restoration Project, we’ve:
    • treated more than 800 km of linear forest disturbances (seismic lines, access roads, etc.)
    • planted over one million trees towards our goal of five million planted by 2030
  • Received over 1,600 reclamation certificates since 2009, to return land back as closely as possible to how it looked before our development projects began.

Find out more about our land & wildlife initiatives in our environmental, social & governance report.