Caribou in the Cross-fire?

Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) has invaded the forests of Western Alberta. Forest companies have implemented various forms of MPB management, including single tree cut and burn, harvesting pine beetle forests, or prescribed burns. However, there is a lack of information on how MPB and MPB treatments are affecting understory food resources, like terrestrial lichens, for threatened species like woodland caribou. To provide information that could be used to better manage MPB and limit impacts on threatened caribou, our goal was to determine how MPB and MPB treatments are affecting terrestrial lichens in west-central and north-western Alberta.

The full paper, “Caribou in the cross-fire? Considering terrestrial lichen forage in the face of mountain pine beetle expansion” is available here.