Woodland caribou are a cultural and ecological icon of Alberta’s forests. However, they are also a threatened species and represent a significant conservation challenge.
Program & Project Involvement
The Mixedwood Management Association officially came into existence in 2001 with eight member companies and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Hosted by the Alberta Research Council for the first two years and then the University of Alberta until 2015, when it amalgamated with FGrOW.
In April of 2012, Tree Improvement Alberta became a consortium of industry and government representatives under fRI Research. The initial project the Tree Species Adaptation Risk Management project funded by Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.
Analysis and improvement of linear features to increase caribou functional habitat in west-central and north-western Alberta
This project uses direct and indirect methods to determine how caribou respond to linear features at different stages of re-vegetation.
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.
This project develops population recovery targets based on habitat, and non-invasive techniques for monitoring grizzly bear reproductive performance.