The Prioritized Landscape Ecology Assessment (PLEA) project was a joint effort between Strathcona County and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The main objective of the study was to complete a comprehensive identification of prioritized natural features and wildlife habitats across Strathcona County. The need for this study was driven by the conservation easement program being initiated within Strathcona County in 1996.
The PLEA project demonstrates new land management ethics being implemented on a regional and local scale. A prioritized inventory of significant wildlife habitats and natural features is required to provide a consistent and technically-sound basis for further site by site analysis in support of implementing conservation strategies at the subdivision and development stage. The intent was to put Strathcona County at the forefront of Alberta's municipalities concerned about ecologically sensitive landscape planning.
Prioritized Landscape Ecology Assessment of Strathcona County, Alberta (June 6, 1997)
Although the PLEA document was completed in 1997, it remains relevant when assessing landscape development.
A more recent environmental assessment of Strathcona County in support of the MDP review (2004-2007) is also available.
The Assessment of Environmental Sensitivity and Sustainability in Support of the Strathcona County MDP Review, 2005 (3.3 MB) includes mapping that identifies various levels of environmental sensitivity and also provides detailed investigations of some site-specific issues.