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Alberta Environment and Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks

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Environment and Parks works to protect and enhance Alberta’s environment and ecosystems to ensure a sustainable future. The ministry works with Albertans, Indigenous communities and stakeholders to ensure the province’s environmental, social and economic outcomes for the future are met. The ministry engages Albertans to listen and understand the challenges in ensuring Alberta’s natural resources are managed using innovative and responsible approaches.

Program & Project Involvement

Caribou Program
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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.

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.

Analysis and restoration of seismic cutlines in Southern Mountain and Boreal caribou range in west-central Alberta
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Analysis and restoration of seismic cutlines in Southern Mountain and Boreal caribou range in west-central Alberta

Starting in 2013, this project is looking at how caribou and wolf behaviour is related to cutlines.

Assessing disease prevalence and caribou health in west-central and north-western Alberta
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Assessing disease prevalence and caribou health in west-central and north-western Alberta

Collecting baseline health data for Alberta caribou herds.

Potential Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle and Management Actions on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Populations in West-Central Alberta
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Potential Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle and Management Actions on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Populations in West-Central Alberta

This project will determine how MPB-killed stands are impacting caribou and grizzly bear habitat.

Research to Support Recovery and Long Term Conservation of Grizzly Bears in Alberta
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Research to Support Recovery and Long Term Conservation of Grizzly Bears in Alberta

This project develops population recovery targets based on habitat, and non-invasive techniques for monitoring grizzly bear reproductive performance.

Yellowhead (BMA 3) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory
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Yellowhead (BMA 3) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory

This project uses DNA from hair snags to create a population inventory of grizzly bears in BMA 3 and Jasper National Park.

Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program: East Slopes Riparian Assessment
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Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program: East Slopes Riparian Assessment

This project will collect data and develop a tool to prioritize restoration in forested riparian areas for the Government of Alberta's WRRP.

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.

Watershed Assessment Procedure to address cumulative effects in the eastern slopes natural region
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Watershed Assessment Procedure to address cumulative effects in the eastern slopes natural region

This project will develop a tool for assessing how watersheds in the eastern slopes are affected by disturbance.

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.

BURND: Linking NRV Patterns with Fine-Filter Values
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BURND: Linking NRV Patterns with Fine-Filter Values

This demonstration project studies the degree to which the local biota respond to historical disturbance patterns

Clearwater (BMA 4) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory
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Clearwater (BMA 4) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory

This DNA mark-recapture study uses hair snags to conduct the first repeat estimate of the population of grizzly bears in BMA 4.

Swan Hills (BMA 7) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory
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Swan Hills (BMA 7) Grizzly Bear Population Inventory

This DNA mark-recapture study uses hair snags to conduct the first ever estimate of the population of grizzly bears in BMA 7.

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