2018 Ecological Policy Issues and Knowledge Gaps

Public Policy Issue Species/areas of concern Associated Knowledge Gap(s)
Biodiversity: Species
  • Mountain Caribou
  • Boreal Caribou
  • Wildlife use of anthropogenic features associated with oil and gas developments
  • Wildlife use of (and response to) reclaimed habitats compared to pre-/un-disturbed habitats
  • Predator use of anthropogenic features associated with oil and gas developments
  • Boreal/mountain caribou behavioral responses to oil and gas developments
  • Boreal caribou/mountain caribou health
  • Boreal/mountain caribou calving habitat selection (predation risk)
  • Common Nighthawk*
  • McCowen’s Longspur*
  • Canada Warbler*
  • Olive sided Fly Catcher*
  • Chestnut Collared Longspur*
  • Wildlife use of (and response to) reclaimed habitats compared to pre-/un-disturbed habitats
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Grizzly bear responses to oil and gas development
Habitat Restoration/Reclamation
  • Boreal caribou habitat
  • Effectiveness of natural vs managed re-vegetation of seismic lines of various widths, types and habitats (i.e., when can a line come off the map?)
  • Wetlands
  • Forested Areas
  • Native Grasslands
  • Ecological valuation and effectiveness of reclamation (function, habitat, hydrology) compared to pre-/un-disturbed habitats following a range of disturbance types (i.e., temporary, semi-permanent)

 

Invasive Species
  • Effectiveness of techniques to minimize presence of invasive species (including plants and pests at work camps)
Cross Cutting technologies
  • Sampling Methods
  • Monitoring Methods
  • Use of drones/UAV for wildlife monitoring
  • Internet of Things
  • Environmental DNA
Data integration and Management
  • Exploration and development of a data management tool for environmental data
  • Shared open data partnership model between Industry, government, regulator
  • Vegetation, wildlife, soils, footprint

 

*Species ranked as High priority on the CAPP Species at Risk Prioritization Tool 2016