Andrew Vandenbroeck, Silvacom
The purpose of this project is to improve undisturbed caribou habitat by restoring historic linear footprint off lease and within the East Side Athabasca River caribou range in northeast Alberta. This was the first large-scale linear restoration program implemented in Alberta. As part of the action plan, approximately 340 km of legacy seismic lines, over a 56,000 ha area, were treated by winter planting and/or natural regeneration protection over the course of four years. Because the region is largely covered by wetlands, winter planting techniques were used to gain access into the area using winter roads. This project was the first to operationalize winter planting on a large scale.