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Project Updates by Pillar


  • Community Gatherings: Compiling lessons learned to report back on community-driven approach to planning.
  • Community Wellness: Ongoing facilitation of community-driven efforts to provide supports and services to the residents of our community.
  • Arts Recovery: With a collaboration of community partners, exploring supports for artists as well as planning for the role of arts in recovery.


  • Firebreak and Trail Restoration Project: Finalizing plans for the work being done in 2017 to rehabilitate firebreak areas, to remediate grading in these areas, and to restore trails to their pre-fire condition.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Residents are encouraged to report trees that were damaged in the wildfire that pose a safety hazard. A contractor will be on standby to assess and remove the trees if necessary.
  • Soil Testing: Phase 3 of the three-phase environmental testing is complete and analysis is under way. Results expected to be released in early May.


  • BRC: The Business Resource Centre (BRC) has moved to Timberlea Landing, located at 309 Powder Drive. The BRC will continue to offer free programming to aid the recovery of local businesses including Ask an Expert, learning events, Business Support Network events and more.
  • Insurance. Recovery. Support.: This program continues to meet the needs of residents in the community by connecting them to representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). This program is provided alongside support from the Recovery Task Force and the Canadian Red Cross at the Back to Business Resource Centre (BBRC), located on the first floor of the Hardin Street Building.


  • Construction Management Teams (CMTs): CMTs are now on the ground. CMTs are helping to coordinate the rebuild and help ensure safety in the community.
  • Construction Safety Education: A construction safety video, entitled ‘Rebuilding Wood Buffalo’ has been shared with the community and with local school districts. The video and supporting materials is available at rmwb.ca/constructionsafety.
  • Construction Access Roads: Beacon Hill Construction Access road is now open. All construction traffic must use that route to maintain separation from residential traffic. Abasand Construction Access Road will be opening in the coming weeks.


  • FireSmart education: A community education plan is forthcoming regarding what is being done throughout the Wildland Urban Interface to help mitigate the risk of a wildfire using the seven FireSmart disciplines.
  • Mitigation Strategy: A five-year Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is being drafted for completion this September.
  • Reforestation: Establishing a plan for reforestation in the region that will follow the FireSmart principles. The plan is being built in partnership with Engineering, Parks, Forestry, and community partners.
  • Grant applications: Four grant applications have been submitted to the Forestry Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) to fund for various FireSmart initiatives


Winter Maintenance Subzones 1 & 2 are active Jan. 20 - 24.