We will install camera traps to monitor wildlife use of treated wellsites and untreated wellsites, using undisturbed forest as a control. This will provide information on the impacts of targeted prescriptions on wildlife use of restored disturbances, and will help to address the question of when disturbances are no longer considered disturbances in the context of caribou recovery.
Response of Wildlife to Restored Wellsites
Many wellsites have been certified as reclaimed, but their condition varies. This project will assess wildlife use of wellsites to understand how restoration treatments contribute to important species like moose, bears, and deer.