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West Fraser Mills Ltd.

West Fraser Mills Ltd.

About

A diversified North American wood products company, West Fraser operates over 45 manufacturing facilities in Western Canada and the southern United States. The Company’s main product is lumber. West Fraser also produces panels, pulp, energy, newsprint, and wood chips.

Our operations located in western Canada manufacture all of the Company’s products except southern yellow pine lumber

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.

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.

Analysis and improvement of linear features to increase caribou functional habitat in west-central and north-western Alberta
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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.

Response of threatened species to linear features and landscape change in a managed forest ecosystem in West Central Alberta
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Response of threatened species to linear features and landscape change in a managed forest ecosystem in West Central Alberta

How are caribou affected by the roads and seismic lines criss-crossing their 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.

Impacts of New Forestry Approaches on Grizzly Bear Habitat Use and Movement
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Impacts of New Forestry Approaches on Grizzly Bear Habitat Use and Movement

This project will investigate whether new approaches to forestry can minimize impacts on resident grizzly bears.

Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?
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Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?

This project will evaluate and mitigate industrial impacts on west-central Alberta Caribou herds.

Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta
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Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta

Locating habitat and prioritizing restoration in west-central Alberta.

Longterm Implications of Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Strategies on Alberta Forest Values
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Longterm Implications of Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Strategies on Alberta Forest Values

This project explores the 20 to 50-year implications of MPB rehabilitation on timber and non-timber values.

Dedicated Healthy Landscapes Communications and Education Initiative
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Dedicated Healthy Landscapes Communications and Education Initiative

The C&E activities carried out by the Healthy Landscapes Program to share its research.

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.

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.

Comparing Cultural to Natural Disturbance Patterns
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Comparing Cultural to Natural Disturbance Patterns

This research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program measures the differences between natural and industrial disturbance patterns.

Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design
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Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design

Beginning in 2018, this project will investigate how cutblock design can be less favourable for deer, moose, and elk.

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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