Aquila Crew Book (2003)
Client: Aquila Networks Canada
Location: Banff National Park, Alberta

Highwood is completing a crewbook for Aquila's operations personnel who perform maintenance activities in Banff National Park. The project involves creating a "stand alone" document that contains all relevant operating procedures, mitigation measures and reference maps. The document is designed to summarize the requirements of Aquila's Model Class Screening Report (also completed by Highwood) in user-friendly language and fulfill obligations required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Horizon Project Communications Materials (2003)
Client: Canadian National Resources Limited
Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

Highwood prepared graphic materials depicting the Horizon Project and its effects on the landscape prior to project start-up, during operation and after reclamation. Graphics focused on how the mining process affects air, water and land components in the local area, as well as the local people that interact with the landscape.

SAGD Cumulative Effects Communications Project (2002-2003)
Client:     Petro-Canada, ConocoPhillips Canada, JACOS, Opti/Nexen, Devon
Location: Fort McKay, Alberta

Highwood prepared graphic and text materials in association with community liaisons to facilitate Aboriginal community consultation related to potential cumulative effects on land, air and water resources from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands development. The project study area is south of Fort McMurray in northeast Alberta. Workshops were held in three Aboriginal communities (Anzac, Janvier and Conklin, AB), utilizing innovative graphic and translation materials. To view examples of the communications materials in .pdf format click here. [3.0 Mb]

Town of Banff State of the Environment Report (2002)
Client:     Town of Banff
Location: Banff National Park, Alberta

Highwood prepared the Town of Banff's first State of the Environment Report, which included communicating scientific monitoring results in a clear, concise format, easily understood by the general public. Environmental indicators were chosen and measured to assess the status of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the community. Monitoring results and existing information for the components of air, water, land and resource use were described both textually and graphically. To view the document on the Town of Banff web site click here. [4.6 Mb]

Bow River Water Quality Training (2002)
Client:     Town of Banff
Location: Banff National Park, Alberta

Highwood developed a community-based water quality monitoring program for the Bow River in conjunction with local monitoring initiatives in the Town of Banff. The project includes training community members and local environmental groups on water sampling protocols, ensuring that rigorous sampling and data collection standards were developed and followed.

McClelland Lake Communications Project (2002)
Client:     TrueNorth Energy L.P.
Location: Northeast Alberta

Materials were prepared to facilitate Aboriginal community consultation related to potential amendments to the Athabasca Oil Sands Integrated Resource Plan. Complex hydrogeology and engineering were simplified and presented in an accessible manner, using innovative graphics. Communications materials included posters and booklets, and explained environmental impacts that could result from development of a wetland area.

G8 Environmental Education Legacy (2002)
Client:     Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (G8 Legacy Office)
Location: Calgary region

Highwood conducted a survey of environmental education programs and providers in the Calgary region for the G8 Environmental Legacy. Specific survey areas related to program learning themes, target audiences, and funding sources. Trends were identified in environmental education and opportunities for developing an environmental education program as part of the G8 Legacy.

High School Work Experience Program (2002)
Client:     Conoco Canada
Location: Northeast Alberta

Highwood worked with high school students in northern Aboriginal communities, introducing them to "careers in the environment industry" as they relate to the oil and gas sector. Students from Janvier, Trout and Peerless Lake participated in traditional land use mapping exercises to illustrate parallels between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western science methods, such as Alberta vegetation inventory (AVI) methods and Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) mapping.

Water Communications Strategy for the Industry Relations Corporation of the Fort McKay First Nation (2001)
Client:     Fort McKay First Nations
Location: Fort McKay, Alberta

Highwood prepared communications materials focusing on the environmental impacts to aquatic systems as a result of industrial development within the Fort McKay First Nation's traditional lands. Materials were developed outlining the impacts of various industries and development (oil sands, SAGDs, forestry, pulp mills, hydro developments and towns) on aquatic resources (water quality, hydrology, groundwater, fisheries) for the community. Innovative graphics and presentations facilitated the transfer of technical information to the audience. To view examples of communications materials in .pdf format click here. [3.4 Mb]

Survey of Air Monitoring Requirements for the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (2001)
Client:     Wood Buffalo Environmental Association
Location: Northeast Alberta

Highwood was responsible for conducting multi-stakeholder consultation with industry, Aboriginal communities, government and non-government organizations to provide input for a regional strategic air-monitoring plan.