fRI Research: Identifying high quality habitat and movement pathways of caribou in West-Central Alberta

Project Overview

Caribou require a variety of forest habitat types for foraging, movement and successful reproduction. To better understand these dynamics, fRI Research will receive $50,000 over two years to model the distribution of high-quality habitat and caribou movement, and to identify areas for habitat restoration.

The proposed research will allow managers to plan for a unified landscape that benefits caribou, and guide restoration efforts to increase functional habitat and linkages for the persistence of caribou populations. This project demonstrates the commitment of forest managers to actively maintain caribou viability within a shared working landscape, while meeting federal targets outlined in the boreal and southern mountain recovery strategies. The methods developed may also be applicable across other forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard where caribou occur, and across the range of caribou in Alberta.

The project intersects with SFI certification standards through conservation of biological diversity, and requirements for wildlife habitat conservation.


Project Partners

For this project fRI Research will partner with SFI Program Participants West Fraser Timber and Weyerhaeuser, as well as University of British Columbia, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, and Safari Club International: Drayton Valley Chapter.



About fRI Research

fRI Research is a unique community of Partners joined by a common concern for the welfare of the land, its resources, and the people who value and use them.  fRI Research connects managers and researchers to effectively collaborate in achieving the fRI Vision and Mission.

fRI Reserach works toward sustainable land and resource management. To do so, it engages a range of forest and forest resource users, a consensus-driven partnership, and a shared decision-making process. It looks at the impact of primarily industrial use on the local ecology, economy, society, and culture. Research is practical—in search of answers to specific land and resource management questions.