Canadian Forest Service Publications

Assessment and monitoring over time of edge influence and plant functional traits on seismic lines in northern Alberta: Implications for successional trajectories and restoration practices, 2021, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Research Connections: Cumulative Effects. Note 4. 3 p.

Year: 2021

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 40496

Language: English

Series: Research Connections - Cumulative Effects

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A key factor in managing the impacts of the oil and gas (O&G) industry include the restoration of seismic exploration lines that fragment forest landscapes and disturb the habitat of boreal woodland caribou. To address knowledge gaps around the impact of seismic lines on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and inform decision-making, research is being undertaken to measure the influence and patterns of edge effects in boreal forests. This research helps determine how these edge effects change over time, and assesses the effectiveness of restoration treatment measures in reducing edge effects. The knowledge produced from this research will provide insight on how to achieve maximum environmental benefits at the lowest possible cost. This research will support evidence-based decision-making about ecosystem restoration and land management, and will contribute to the recovery of woodland caribou populations.

Also available under the title:
Évaluation et contrôle au fil du temps de l’influence des bordures et des traits fonctionnels de la végétation sur les profils sismiques dans le Nord de l’Alberta : implications pour les trajectoires de succession et les méthodes de restauration. Note 4 (French)