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When the fires raged in Fort McMurray, Syncrude's herd of 300 wood bison were left behind - but fortuantelyall the herd is safe and well and operations have returned to near normal. For more than twenty years, the herd at the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch, which is located near the company's Mildred Lake project, have roamed 500 hectares of reclaimed land north of Fort McMurray. The ranch sits on top of a former open pit mine. Since 1993, Syncrude has used the ranch to demonstrate their reclamation efforts can support plants and animals native to the Wood Buffalo region. The project has been an enormous public relations victory for Syncrude. It was with relief that Brad Ramstad, the Manager for the Syncrude Herd, was able to report the fire missed the pasture areas containing these bison.

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