Laura Finnegan, fRI Research
It is imperative to determine whether the extent of vegetation regeneration on linear features influences response of caribou and their predators; when can a linear feature be considered caribou functional habitat? Answering this question is fundamental to accurately define the extent of disturbed habitat within the range of each herd, and can be applied by managers to prioritize linear features for restoration that will be the most beneficial for caribou. In addition, as the ultimate goal of habitat restoration within caribou ranges is to maintain self-sustaining populations, monitoring of reproduction and population size, and how these respond to restoration practices, is essential to assess the efficacy of actions and continually inform management practices to improve caribou habitat.
Biodiversity; Species conservation; mountain caribou, boreal caribou
moose, deer and predator use of anthropogenic features associated with oil and gas developments
effectiveness of natural vs managed re-vegetation of seismic lines of various widths, types and habitats.