|Sponsor:||Hinton Wood Products - a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd.|
Object & Deliverables
The aim of the project was to develop and deliver a training course for foresters on the aquatic environment. The course included information on fish species of Alberta, fish habitat requirements, environmental monitoring methods, watercourse regulatory requirements, stream crossings, remediation and best practices for carrying out work in and adjacent to watercourses. In July 2018, Hinton Wood Products established an advisory panel of three individuals who provided guidance and instruction to P. Biol. Ngaio Baril on the development of course content. The advisory panel included one long-term aquatic environment specialist, one wildlife ecologist and one assistant forester. After several iterations, the course materials were developed and vetted through this group. The course was offered to 11 foresters and 1 biologist with West Fraser in Hinton, AB on August 16th and 17th. This two-day course included one full in-class day and one full in-field day. In the field, 5 crossings were visited. Comments on the course were favourable and Hinton Wood Products is recommending to offer this course again as a “beginner/level 1” course and concurrently offer an “intermediate/level 2” course to participants from 2018.
Final report results are included in “Aquatic Environmental Specialist Training – Final Report to FRIAA”, by Laura Trout of Hinton Wood Products.