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Impacts of New Forestry Approaches on Grizzly Bear Habitat Use and Movement

This project will investigate whether new approaches to forestry can minimize impacts on resident grizzly bears.

Forest harvest design and temporary road access might help minimize impacts on grizzly bear habitat use and movements before, during, and three years after forest harvesting has occurred. We will also determine if grizzly bear mortality rates were evident in distributional changes over a ten year period.

This project is related to the 2014 BMA 3 population inventory.

  • Summer 2013

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Data collection underway in the Drayton Valley FMA for Weyerhaeuser.

  • Spring 2014

    New Partners

    Progress update: West Fraser and Alberta Environment and Parks come aboard.

  • Summer 2014

    Second Field Season Begins

    Progress update: Data collection continues, expanded to include the entire BMA 3.

  • June 2015

    Progress Report Completed

    Progress update: Results from the first two years of data collection are presented to partners.

  • May 2018

    Field Crew Trained

    Progress update: A week of safety, equipment, and of course, hair sampling training.

  • May 22, 2018

    Field Work Begins

    Progress update: Crews begin setting up hair snag sites.

Photo Gallery: 2018 BMA Inventory Training

Pictures from the Grizzly Bear Program field crew training on May 11.

Public Notice: 2018 Inventory in BMA 3

Poster with general information for the public about the project.

Grizzly Bear Movement in a Managed Forest

ESRI StoryMap made for the AFPA by the Grizzly Bear Program

Influence of daily temperature on grizzly bear habitat selection

Peer-reviewed publication from the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program.

Grizzly bear movement patterns near roads

Article from the journal Biological Conservation based on research from the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program.

Isobel Phoebus

Research Staff

Gord Stenhouse

Program Lead

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