Ecological

Mandate

The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters related to resource access issues such as caribou, habitat relationship for listed species, wetlands, reclamation, and mitigations.

This collaborative approach will engage subject matter experts, from industry, government, and academia, to identify, prioritize, and manage knowledge gaps resulting in research projects. These research projects will help in development of SMART regulations, best practices, and identification of potential technologies to find cost effective approaches in managing and mitigating environmental footprint of wells, facilities and linear features.

2018 Ecological Public Policy Issues and Knowledge Gaps with Associated Projects

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
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