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Advancing Harvest System and Silvicultural Practices for Improved Woodland Caribou and Fibre Outcomes

This 3-year study will evaluate the potential of new forest management practices to benefit both woodland caribou and growth and yield.

Over the course of the project, we will explore stand characteristics of areas woodland caribou use, the likelihood of harvested areas becoming woodland caribou habitat, and how this potentially differs from burned stands.

We will also identify gaps and opportunities in Alberta’s forest policies for regional silviculture treatments with the potential to improve the trajectory of harvested stands to become caribou habitat while still meeting desired fibre volume objectives.

  • December 2020

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Researchers begin a literature review and planning fieldwork

  • February 2021

    Literature Review Complete

    Progress update: Critical knowledge gaps and research opportunities identified

  • March 2021

    Fieldwork Preparations Underway

    Progress update: Crew leaders plan logistics, advertise for technicians, and mananage equipment

  • May 2021

    Crew Training

    Progress update: The team learn COVID-19 protocols, safety, and plant identification

  • June 2021

    Fieldwork Begins

    Progress update: Crews head begin shifts in northern Alberta to collect data

  • August 2021

    Field Season Complete

    Progress update: Vegetation data collected from 313 cutblock and wildfire sites.

  • Fall 2021

    Data Organization Underway

    Progress update: The collected data is being prepared for analysis

  • December 2021

    Field Season Preparation Begun

    Progress update: Planning for the 2022 field season is underway

Caribou, Fire, and Forestry

The Caribou Program conducted this literature review for the ARCKP.

Leonie Brown

Research Staff

Cameron McClelland

Research Staff

Laura Finnegan

Program Lead

Tracy McKay

Research Staff

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