Restoring Natural Habitat for Wildlife
Wildfire control began in Alberta’s national parks in the 1930s and on provincial forested land in the 1950s. Fire suppression in Alberta forests has reduced merchantable timber loss and risks to human settlements. However, fire suppression does have negative consequences too. Lack of a natural fire regime has changed vegetation succession, diversity and structure, which provide habitat diversity important for the survival of many wildlife species. The primary focus of the Restoring Natural Habitat for Wildlife project is to restore natural ecosystem patterns and wildlife habitat values within landscape units and focal areas that have aged beyond the natural range of variability. In 2014/15, we used mapping exercises and helicopter surveys to identify key areas in need of prescribed burning that support mountain sheep and other ungulates. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) values ACA’s support in identifying and planning habitat enhancements (primarily prescribed burns) on Alberta public lands not influenced by other disturbances (e.g., commercial logging) to restore a more natural state of habitat diversity. Our work with AEP is helping to increase government support for further habitat enhancements. In addition to this work, we are also planning disturbance regimes on ACA managed lands to help improve habitat diversity, structure and successional stages.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Wild Sheep Foundation Alberta
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