This was a test of the degree to which it was possible to create a fully integrated, operational-scale disturbance plan for an operational-sized area based on a natural pattern foundation. The underlying premise of the project was on the surface quite simple; can we create a collaborative disturbance plan for the collective cultural activities of all partners over the next 10-30 years using Mother Nature to guide us?
The project originally included:
- the harvesting activities of three neighbouring forest management companies (for whom local harvest approvals had already been issued),
- the prescribed burn activities of a provincial park,
- prescribed and managed fire collaboration from the provincial government, and
- the industrial footprint of the energy sector.
This demo had one additional feature of note. The study area included a portion of an existing woodland caribou herd, which at the time was one of the few in Alberta that was not declining in numbers. This was thus a unique opportunity to learn more about woodland caribou dynamics via an adaptive management framework.
- The Hwy40 North Demonstration Project: Using Natural Patterns as the Foundation for Operational Planning. Part 1: How We Did It
- The Hwy40 North Demonstration Project: Using Natural Patterns as the Foundation for Operational Planning. Part 2: What Did We Learn?
- Woodland Caribou Response to a Natural-Pattern Inspired Disturbance Plan