|Sponsor:||fRI Research- Caribou dovision|
Object & Deliverables
This collaborative project between fRI Research, the Aseniwuche Nation of Canada, West Fraser Mills Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd., aimed to provide land-use managers with a means to evaluate planned forestry and energy sector operations in terms of their impacts and benefits to caribou by:
- Integrating spatial models of caribou habitat, movement, and predation risk into a user-friendly decision support tool for land-use managers to evaluate the potential impacts of planned activities on the availability of caribou habitat and movement paths into the future
- Identify silviculture systems that promote caribou habitat restoration by describing forest stand characteristics (eg. ecosite, stem density, etc.) of caribou foraging/ resting sites and examining caribou forage regeneration under varying silviculture treatments.
The final report was prepared May 2018 by a team led by Barry Norbert, Dan Wismer, Tracy McKay, Karine Pigeon and Laura Trout.
Combining the results from years 1 and 2 of the project, the Caribou webtools provide a flexible user-friendly way for land-use planners to predict how caribou habitat will change under different management scenarios.