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Wood Buffalo,

regional municipality (2011 pop. 65,565), 24,571 sq mi (63,637 sq km), NE Alta., Canada, inc. 1995. Formed by Fort McMurrayFort McMurray,
former city, now part of the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, NE Alta., Canada. Originally a fur-trading post on the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers, Fort McMurray was a town of 1,200 when mining of Alberta's oil sands began in 1964.
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's amalgamation with Improvement District No. 143, Wood Buffalo is one of Canada's largest municipalities by area and one of its fastest growing industrial areas. Fort McMurray is the region's administrative and commercial center and largest community. Other communities include Fort MacKay and Fort Chipewyan, and there are indigenous and Métis reserves and traditional lands. The exploitation of the extensive Athabasca oil sands, c. 40,000 sq mi (104,000 sq km), dominates the local economy. Wood Buffalo National ParkWood Buffalo National Park,
17,577 sq mi (45,525 sq km), in NE Alta., Canada, extending into the Northwest Territories; est. 1922 to protect the only remaining herd of wood bison. It lies between Lake Athabasca and Great Slave Lake and is crossed by the Peace River.
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 borders the municipality on the northwest.
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Petition to the World Heritage Committee requesting inclusion of Wood Buffalo National Park on the list of world heritage in danger.
Scientists placed whooping crane eggs collected from Wood Buffalo National Park and from the captive flock at Patuxent WRC in sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) nests at Gray's Lake nWr.
Estimates of the number of TFWs who were present in the fire area are scarce, but based on the data from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), there were 1,024 positive labor market impact assessment (LMIA) awarded to employers in 2014 in Wood Buffalo, where Fort McMurray is a regional municipality.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which oversees Fort McMurray, tweeted the area received 0.079 inches of rain overnight.
There, he joined Calgary Fire Department and rose through the ranks to become regional chief for Wood Buffalo in 2011.
An overnight update from the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo said the Beacon Hill suburb in the south end has suffered the most damage from flames, with 80% of homes lost.
Stephanie Rigby, executive director of the provincial food bank association, said, "This incredible gift from CIBC comes at a time when food banks are facing some of the highest increases in demand in many years and clearly illustrates CIBC's commitment to support Albertans." Severe increases have been reported from food banks in Wood Buffalo, Airdrie, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Parkland County, Grande Prairie, Athabasca, Red Deer and in most of the smaller food banks around Alberta.
Envisio helps forward-thinking municipalities like the City of Scottsdale, City of Goodyear, City of Edmonds, City of Surrey, and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo take the implementation process to the next level by engaging city staff, enabling cross-functional collaboration, and aligning departmental operations with a city's strategic priorities.
Wood Buffalo National Park in northwestern Canada contains North America's largest wild bison population and a critical nesting habitat for whooping cranes.
The Mikisew cited the proposed Frontier Oil Sands mine near the Wood Buffalo park border as another possible source of water contamination in the delta.
Alberta is home to the Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP)--the largest national park in North America.