Knowledge extension on techniques for active restoration in response to cumulative impacts to caribou habitat

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Katalijn MacAfee, Matthew Pyper, Michael Cody

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Boreal Caribou, an iconic species in Canada’s boreal forest, are facing numerous threats that have resulted in population declines across its ranges. Threats include anthropogenic disturbances such as extractive natural resource development and forestry. This is compounded by the increasing impacts of climate change. All these factors combined, also known as cumulative effects, have a detrimental impact on caribou habitat, as well as caribou conservation and recovery. Efforts are underway to develop tools and techniques to improve return to forest cover of disturbed sites, especially in Alberta’s oil sands region with the ultimate goal of improving caribou habitat. The extent of legacy disturbances in the boreal forest is vast, however, and if forest habitat restoration objectives are to be met at landscape scale, there is a need to significantly build workforce capacity. In addition, participation in habitat restoration is of specific interest to indigenous communities. We present several restoration tools and techniques and novel ways to share this information with end-users, such as land managers and reclamation workers. We’ll be highlighting industry-led successes, as well as strong collaborative initiatives to move the yardstick when it comes to successful restoration and its role in caribou habitat improvement. Lastly, we will provide some examples of successful restoration examples, that will clearly outline the difference in restoration techniques, based on site conditions and intended outcomes.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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