OF-02-015

Integrating Grizzly Bear Conservation Needs
Sponsor: 
Foothills Model Forest
Lead Researcher: 
Gordon Stenhouse, Foothills Model Forest, Hinton, Alberta
Body: 
In 1999, the Foothills Model Forest (FMF) initiated an international, co-operative, multidisciplinary grizzly bear research program. The primary goal of the six-year program was to provide knowledge and planning tools to land and resource managers to ensure the long-term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta. An important outcome of this program was the development of tools and techniques that address landscape level conservation issues, a critical component for the successful management of grizzly bear populations throughout Alberta and North America.

The first phase of the FMF Grizzly Bear Project took place between 1999-2003. It resulted in significant findings for both land and wildlife management, and the creation of important new management tools.

In the second phase of the FMF Grizzly Bear Project, researchers pursued two primary objectives: to provide grizzly bear habitat maps, probability of grizzly bear occurrence maps, and bear travel corridor maps for grizzly bear populations units in Alberta and to increase understanding of grizzly bear health, specifically body condition and reproductive health parameters, as they relate to landscape and environmental parameters.

The Foothills Model Forest Grizzly Bear Research Program 1999-2003 Final Report is divided into chapters that provide the technical detail of the findings for each research component. A full listing of technical papers is available on the FMF website at ww.fmf.ab.ca.