|Sponsor:||Hinton Wood Products|
Object and Deliverables
The objective of Phase 1 of the Boreal project is to solicit expert advice and recommendations on wetland attributes as it relates to road crossings using a suite of industrial experts, wetland experts and end users.
The objective to achieve a recommendation for developing a protocol for evaluating wetland crossing performance and prioritizing repairs to crossing structures was met by the formation of a Foothills Stream Crossing Partnership (FSCP) and achieving the following:
- Engaged Fuse Consulting, Circle T Consulting, FPInnovations, and Ducks Unlimited Canada to develop a suite of recommendations to inform a potential wetlands crossings monitoring protocol;
- The report provides recommendations regarding what parameters could be measured in the field to assess the environmental and structural performance of wetland crossings;
- The report also makes general recommendations for structuring a potential monitoring program, including factors such as frequency/timing of monitoring, personnel/training considerations, and reporting and data management; and
- Completed were a literature review, six interviews with resource extraction companies and regulatory agencies, along with field tours of two forestry companies’ wetland crossings.