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Healthy Landscapes Program

Carrying out research, develops models, and does communication and education to support ecosystem-based management.

We look at landscape change at a huge scale: Canada’s boreal forest.

The Healthy Landscapes Program is a forest land management research partnership based at fRI Research. Focused on Ecosystem Based Management and led by Dr. David Andison, the HLP brings together industry, government and academia to study forest dynamics.

Since 1996, the HLP has contributed dozens of studies, education and outreach products intended to improve our understanding of EBM and disturbances in Canada’s boreal forest. The HLP has been a leader in innovative, large-scale, forestry research and management, striving for forestry practices that provide ecological and ecosystem services for generations.

In 2012, the fRI Research Natural Disturbance Program changed its name to the Healthy Landscapes Program to reflect an expanded program vision.

Program Lead
Dr. David Andison
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Commencing in January 2021, the Healthy Landscape Program will be delivering this multi-year for the ARCKP. Using the spatially-explicit Patchworks […]
On June 19 and 20, 2018, the Healthy Landscapes Program put on a two-day workshop in Edmonton called "From Concept to Reality: Creating a Road Map for Ecosystem-Based Management".
The Landscapes in Motion project is here to discover some of the stories behind the landscapes in the southern Rockies of Alberta.
A communication and education project from the Healthy Landscapes Program.
A research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program.
A research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program.
A research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program on meso-scale wildfire patterns.
A research project and tool that uses spatial simulation modelling to generate the historical range of landscape conditions across western boreal Canada.
This interpretation project develops and tests a new planning approach inspired by ecosystem-based principles.
This tool is an annotated database of the available fire regime research in and near Alberta.
This demonstration project shows how an understanding of natural patterns can help guide land use planning.
This research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program seeks to understand the historical fire regimes in the foothills, and the relationship to water quality, land use, and climate change.
This project seeks to better understand the dynamics of large woody debris in small streams.
Research Project from the Healthy Landscapes Program.
This research project from the Healthy Landscapes Program measures the differences between natural and industrial disturbance patterns.
The communications and extension activities carried out by the Healthy Landscapes Program to share its research.
This is a C & E activity from the Healthy Landscapes program to improve understanding of natural disturbance patterns.
Created by the Healthy Landscapes Program, this is a tool for comparing human and natural disturbance.
This project demonstrates the application of the full range of NRV concepts.
This project looks at the patterns and roles of disturbances in riparian zones.
How and why individual forest fires burn what they do in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
PERFICT: A Re-imagined foundation for predictive ecology
Scientific Publications | Peer Reviewed Papers
Open Access paper from the Healthy Landscapes Program
Scientific Publications | Reports
This online "atlas" is a comprehensive set of documents mapping out challenges to adopting ecosystem-based management in forest management.
Understanding Historical Landscape Patterns on the Pembina Timberland FMA Area in Alberta
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Old Forest Patch Size Patterns on the Edson Forest Products FMA Area in Alberta
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Old Forest Patch Size Patterns on the Hinton Wood Products FMA Area in Alberta
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Landscape Patterns on the Mistik Management FMA Area in Saskatchewan
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Landscape Patterns on the Vanderwell FMA Area in Alberta
Reports | Scientific Publications
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Landscape Patterns on the Blue Ridge Lumber West Fraser FMA Area in Alberta
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Understanding Historical Landscape Patterns on the Tolko-West Fraser High Prairie FMA Area in Alberta
Scientific Publications | Reports
This report summarizes the pre-industrial landscape metrics computed by the Landweb modelling suite.
Dr. Vilbert Vabi at sea
Announcement
Vilbert brings broad experience in resource management science, policy, and building relationships between different groups.
Healthy Landscapes Program Coordinator: A Chance to Make a Difference
Announcement
Closing date: June 3, 2022 This job posting is now closed.
EBM is a Journey | Webinar
Event
Webinar from the Healthy Landscapes Program on April 21.
Be Part of the EBM Conversation
Blog
HealthyLandscapesEBM.ca has launched. Explore the theory and science, and discover how EBM is already being used to manage the western boreal.
PhD Student Opportunity | Ecosystem-based Forest Management
Announcement
The position has now been filled.
Fire Severity-Mediated Dynamics of the Southwestern Alberta Foothills | Webinar
Event
Free webinar from the Healthy Landscapes Program
Looking Back on Twenty years of HLP Quicknotes
Blog
Back in the spring of 2000, the Healthy Landscapes Program before it even had that name, posted the first QuickNote.
What is EBM?: The Healthy Landscapes Program definition | Webinar
Event
The next in the Webinar Wednesday series from the Healthy Landscapes Program will be on June 3.
A Lens into Past Landscapes and Past Fire Regimes | Webinar
Event
Free webinar on March 4, 2020 from the Healthy Landscapes Program.
Dr. David Andison
Dr. David Andison
Program Lead
Dr. Vabi at sea
Dr. Vilbert Vabi
Program Coordinator