Object & Deliverables
This project represented the four companies’ cooperative efforts to develop an initial review of the caribou habitat quality, and an assessment of the current influence of habitat on caribou population growth within the Little Smoky/A La Peche caribou range, using forest cover, cut block, and base features information. Although the A La Peche Caribou herd summer range and a portion of the winter range is in Willmore Wilderness Park, this study was limited to FMA areas as there was a lack of inventory information at the time for Willmore Wilderness Park. Project methodology including the development of maps of current caribou habitat quality and land use features for 2003 and also projected habitat quality for the periods of 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2023. A retrospective examination of caribou habitat trends and human land uses in the recent past was not documented as part of this project.