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Analysis and restoration of seismic cutlines in Southern Mountain and Boreal caribou range in west-central Alberta

Starting in 2013, this project is looking at how caribou and wolf behaviour is related to cutlines.

Using new LiDAR-derived maps of caribou habitat, we will determine how caribou and their predators respond to seismic cutlines. Results from this research may be used to guide well-directed, science-based restoration of caribou habitat.

  • Spring 2014

    Lidar based terrain metrics

    Progress update: Complete

  • Spring 2014

    Fieldwork

    Progress update: Summer and winter fieldwork in ALP and LSM complete

  • Spring 2014

    Fieldwork - new

    Progress update: Crews are now collecting data in the Narraway & Redrock Prairie Creek ranges

  • Spring 2014

    Analysis of human use data

    Progress update: Analysis on year one data complete

  • Spring 2014

    Analysis of animal data

    Progress update: Preliminary data analysis complete; additional analysis underway

  • Spring 2014

    Map of priority areas for restoration

    Progress update: Preliminary map produced

Video: Setting Up Trail Cameras with the Caribou Program

Caribou Program fieldwork doesn't have an off season. The field crew have been busily snowshoeing up and down seismic lines in caribou habitat, setting up trail cameras. In this short video, Doug shows how they are collecting data and explains some of the Caribou Program projects.
Simplified infographic about OHV use on seismic lines

Infographic: Predicting Off-Highway Vehicle Use on Seismic Lines

Graphical abstract by Jennifer Hird for a recent Caribou Program paper predicting OHV use on seismic lines.

Natural regeneration on seismic lines influences movement behaviour of wolves and grizzly bears

Peer reviewed paper from the Caribou, GIS, and Grizzly Bear Programs.

Infographic: Movement of Predators Influenced by Seismic Lines

Graphical abstract for the paper, "Natural regeneration on seismic lines influences movement behaviour of wolves and grizzly bears."

Laura Finnegan

Program Lead

Gord Stenhouse

Program Lead

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