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Who We Are


We develop understandable scientific knowledge and useful
land management tools based on strong peer-reviewed science.


Our world class research improves land and resource management.

About Us

fRI Research is a non-profit corporation powered by a world class research team who position us as a leader in science for land and resource management in western Canada and beyond. Led by an engaged board of directors, we are building on the legacy of the Foothills Model Forest and the Foothills Research Institute as we provide science-based solutions for our partners.

fRI Research works toward sustainable land and resource management. To do so, it engages a range of forest and forest resource users, a consensus-driven partnership, and a shared decision-making process. It looks at the impact of primarily industrial use on the local ecology, economy, society, and culture. Research is practical—in search of answers to specific land and resource management questions.

But research is just one facet of fRI Research. It promotes understanding as well. Namely, it reports research results to its partners, government agencies, and the public. It shares new practices and technologies with both researchers and the public—presenting workshops and classes and producing manuals, handbooks, and other tools. The institute also demonstrates the tools it has developed and techniques it has implemented.

Research Programs

Our programs conduct scientific research focused on specific high priority topics for land and resource management. In order to ensure our efforts are relevant, we are guided in our focus by the needs of our partners. Our research is conducted independently and is peer reviewed.

Our current research programs are:

The Caribou Program

The Grizzly Bear Program

The Healthy Landscapes Program

The Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program

The Water and Fish Program


fRI Research is the coordinating organization for several associations. This means that fRI Research assists them with administration functions such as HR and IT, but associations conduct their activities independently, on their own members' mandates. fRI Research also helps associations to liase with other stakeholders such as government, academia, and environmental NGOs.

Our current associations are:

The Alberta Regional Caribou Knowledge Partnership

The Foothills Landscape Management Forum

The Foothills Stream Crossing Partnership

The Forest Growth Organization of Western Canada

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