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.
Program & Project Involvement
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
How are caribou affected by the roads and seismic lines criss-crossing their habitat?
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.
Establishment of PSP network to monitor stand dynamics and establish yield curves for stands killed by MPB
As a result of significant in-flights of mountain pine beetles coming from British Columbia in 2006 and 2009, as well as subsequent local production, there are widely distributed pine dominated stands throughout Alberta that have been significantly affected by MPB-caused mortality.
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.
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.
Targeting alternate prey to understand caribou and moose habitat management choices in a regenerating landscape: Increasing functional habitat for caribou in west-central ranges
This project examines how moose respond to different re-vegetation trajectories after disturbance. A re-vegetation prescription that moose avoid may be less of a problem for caribou.