Caribou and grizzly bear response to landscape change in managed forests of West Central Alberta

Project Overview

In 2013, The University of Saskatchewan was awarded $100,000 to develop critical scientific data and management tools that support sustainable forest management and ecological restoration efforts in the boreal forest that ensure habitat abundance and function for caribou and grizzly bear. Findings from this project increased knowledge of functional habitat for caribou and grizzly bear in relation to areas of seismic activity and timber harvest. The University created, via fecal sampling, a DNA based inventory of population dynamics to complement habitat data and increase knowledge of how timber management activities affect physiological stress and movement in caribou and grizzly bear. These efforts have helped forest managers and researchers form a more complete view of habitat requirements and species range now and into the future.
This project supported several SFI objectives, including the protection of critically imperiled species and forests with exceptional conservation value. It also supported SFI’s goal to promote forest science and technology research.
Project Partners
For this project the University of Saskatchewan partnered with the Foothills Research Institute, Weyerhaeuser Ltd. and West Fraser Ltd.
Project Resources
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