Testing silviculture to improve caribou habitat

Project Year: 2017-2018

S. Roooke

Project Lead

Wildlife Infometrics Inc.

Watershed/Sub-region

Peace Region

Peace Arm

Project Type

Species-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution

$47,104

Action Plan Alignment

Species of Interest Action Plan

Project ID

PEA-F18-W-2345

Testing approaches to restore habitat for caribou

This project will test the feasibility of using silvicultural methods to restore legacy disturbance features (e.g., roads, seismic lines, and abandoned pipelines, well sites) that exist within areas designated for the conservation of habitat for caribou—i.e., Ungulate Winter Ranges (UWRs) and Wildflife Habitat Areas (WHAs). Silviculture that has been used elsewhere for similar restoration projects include planting appropriate conifer species, slash roll back, mounding, sight-line blockages, falling of adjacent trees across rights of way, blocking ATV access, and the spreading of coarse woody debris. If the methods are judged to be feasible (i.e., permitted, efficient, effective, nonconflicting, and/or protected), then protocols for use could be established and the methods extrapolated to other designated areas throughout the Williston Basin.