Alberta - champion at disturbing land

A national study suggests that Alberta has disturbed more of its natural landscape than any other province.

The analysis by Global Forest Watch adds that Wild Rose Country also has two of three areas where the rate of disturbance is the highest.

Report author Peter Lee says almost two-thirds of the entire province is disturbed by roads, seismic corridors, clearcuts, well sites and pipelines.

He also says that the frontier of undisturbed areas in the oilsands region and along the eastern slopes of the Rockies is being pushed back by up to 10 kilometres a year.

Lee's analysis is based on government and satellite data.

He says it's the first time anyone has put together a national picture of how Canada's natural landscapes are faring.


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