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Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

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The ministry is responsible for the policies, legislation, regulations and services necessary for Alberta’s agriculture, food and forest sectors to grow, prosper and diversify; inspires public confidence in wildfire and forest management and the quality and safety of food; supports environmentally sustainable resource management practices; and leads collaboration that enables safe and resilient rural communities.

Program & Project Involvement

Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network
Program

Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network

LanduseKN.ca is Alberta's hub for land use information.

Caribou Program
Program

Caribou Program

The fRI Research Caribou Program carries out applied research, in partnership with industry and the Government of Alberta, to help maintain caribou herds in Alberta into the future.

Forest History Program
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Forest History Program

The Forest History Program chronicles the natural and management history of the foothills forest.

GIS Program
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GIS Program

The GIS program provides an exceptional level of GIS and data management support services for fRI Research.

Grizzly Bear Program
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Grizzly Bear Program

The fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program provides knowledge and planning tools to ensure the long-term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta.

Healthy Landscapes Program
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Healthy Landscapes Program

The program, formerly known as the Natural Disturbance Program, looks at landscape change at a huge scale: Canada's boreal forest.

Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program
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Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program

The program carries out focused research on infestations of mountain pine beetle in Alberta.

Water Program
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Water Program

In 2011, the Fish and Watersheds Program refocused on hydrology and became the Water Program.

Healthy Landscapes Concepts and Application
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Healthy Landscapes Concepts and Application

This interpretation project develops and tests a new planning approach inspired by ecosystem-based principles.

Mountain pine beetle population dynamics in new habitats and climates: The potential for eastern and northern spread in Canada
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Mountain pine beetle population dynamics in new habitats and climates: The potential for eastern and northern spread in Canada

Warmer weather is driving MPB range expansion, but how well will the beetle take hold in novel habitats?

Comparison of understory burning and mechanical site preparation to regenerate lodgepole pine stands killed by MPB
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Comparison of understory burning and mechanical site preparation to regenerate lodgepole pine stands killed by MPB

While detection and control efforts are key to mitigating MPB, it's also important to improve how land managers respond after an attack.

Stand dynamics after mountain pine beetle attack
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Stand dynamics after mountain pine beetle attack

How will a stand respond after MPB infestation, and what can the forestry industry do to help it regenerate?

Beyond Beetle: Natural and facilitated lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Alberta
Project
Dynamic Aspen Density Experiment
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Dynamic Aspen Density Experiment

This is an FGrOW project involving permanent sample plots established between 2007–2015 to examine the ways hardwood (aspen) affect spruce development.

Strip cut understory protection trial
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Strip cut understory protection trial

Protecting understory white spruce during removal of overstory aspen will ensure the utilization and release of advanced spruce growth, which will result in a shortened rotation, reduction of reforestation cost, and eventually an increase of timber production per unit of land.

Provincial growth and yield initiative (PGYI)
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Provincial growth and yield initiative (PGYI)

Better models by sharing data between companies and government.

Cutblock Inventory Classification Subcommittee
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Cutblock Inventory Classification Subcommittee

The Cutblock Inventory Classification Subcommittee was initiated in January 2015 to continue the work of the AFGO Strata Subcommittee.

Southern Rockies Hydrological Modelling
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Southern Rockies Hydrological Modelling

This project focuses on calibrating a hydrological model, called Raven, for forest planning.

Data Management and Innovative Support for Long-term Watershed Research: The Walt Jeffrey Project
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Data Management and Innovative Support for Long-term Watershed Research: The Walt Jeffrey Project

Named in honor of the "father of forest hydrology in Western Canada," this project seeks to capture the value of long-term research and data sets.

Review of the State of Riparian Knowledge and Tools
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Review of the State of Riparian Knowledge and Tools

This project will give an overview of what we know about managing riparian areas in Alberta and identify knowledge gaps.

Combining Field and LiDAR Modeling Tools to Move Beyond Indicator Based Approaches for Surface Erosion: Simonette as a Test Area for the Foothills Natural Region
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Combining Field and LiDAR Modeling Tools to Move Beyond Indicator Based Approaches for Surface Erosion: Simonette as a Test Area for the Foothills Natural Region

This project on riparian mapping aims to improve management and operational efficiency by capitalizing on the high quality remote sensing data available in Alberta.

NEPTUNE Spatial Decision Support Tool
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NEPTUNE Spatial Decision Support Tool

Created by the Healthy Landscapes Program, this is a tool for comparing human and natural disturbance.

OnFire Annotated Fire Research Database
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OnFire Annotated Fire Research Database

This tool is an annotated database of the available fire regime research in and near Alberta.

LandWeb Simulation Modelling
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LandWeb Simulation Modelling

A research project and tool that uses spatial simulation modelling to generate the historical range of landscape conditions across western boreal Canada.

Landscapes in Motion
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Landscapes in Motion

The Landscapes in Motion project is here to discover some of the stories behind the landscapes in the southern Rockies of Alberta.

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