Canadian Zinc All-Season Road & Airstrip Environmental Assessment Process

In May of 2014, a proposal by Canadian Zinc to construct an all-season road and airstrip for Prairie Creek Mine was deferred to an Environmental Assessment (EA) process through the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board. The road runs 184km between the mine and the Liard Highway, travelling half of its length within the boundaries of Nahanni National Park Reserve.

The road is slated to travel through some sensitive ecosystems, both inside and outside of the park boundaries, including areas of karst, and will see the realignment of a portion of Sundog Creek.

CPAWS-NWT has been at the table from the beginning, along with territorial and federal agencies, to provide input into this EA process. Our involvement has included highlighting the potential impacts of increased access to previously remote protected areas, impacts on wildlife and increased disturbance to habitat, and making sure that the ecological integrity of Nahanni National Park Reserve is a top priority throughout the process.

The process is currently in the Assessment/Review Start-up phase, and CPAWS-NWT has just submitted final comments to the Terms of Reference portion of the process.

Keep up to date with the progress of the EA for Canadian Zinc’s proposed development in Nahanni National Park Reserve by clicking here.