This is a two-year study of food supply, that will determine whether Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) killed stands impact caribou & grizzly bear habitat. Results will inform managers of the urgency for alternative strategies to control MPB.
Potential Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle and Management Actions on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Populations in West-Central Alberta
- May 2014
1st Field Season Underway
Progress update:Vegetation sampling in Little Smoky, A La Peche, Redrock and Narraway ranges
- May 2015
2nd Field Season Underway
Progress update:Vegetation sampling in the Chinchaga caribou range.
- Fall 2015
Food Modelling Begins
Progress update:Field data for caribou and grizzly bear foods analyzed
- Summer 2016
Food Models Completed
Progress update:Over 40 food models for caribou and grizzly bear foods developed
- Fall 2016
GIS Tool Development Begins
Progress update:Tool for land managers to simulate the effect of MPB on key foods
- April 2014
- March 2017
GIS Tool Complete
Progress update:Tool and final report delivered to partners.
- Spring 2017
Progress update:Papers in production and occasional tool improvements continue
2-page briefing note from the Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program about a new project.
Photos from fieldwork, spring and summer 2014.