The western boreal forest covers more than 300 million hectares in western Canada and stretches across four provinces and three territories. This area supports 12-14 million breeding ducks annually, and is considered by Ducks Unlimited as one of their highest priorities for conservation planning efforts. Increased interest in extracting valuable resources from the western boreal forest, combined with the lack of information regarding waterbird (e.g., ducks, geese, swans, loons) and habitat relationships in this region, underscore the necessity of developing sound conservation strategies to protect critical wildlife habitat. This is especially important since effects of extraction activities on boreal wetland ecosystems remain largely unknown. Ducks Unlimited, through our Western Boreal Program, has been striving towards landscape conservation planning that includes protecting habitat, and enhanced sustainable development practices throughout the western boreal region. Our primary goal is to establish a sound conservation plan to ensure critical waterbird habitat is conserved through the development of a habitat model derived from satellite imagery and relative waterbird abundance estimates. This model is intended to predict important waterbird habitat at a large scale.
prepared by Western Boreal Office, Ducks Unlimited Canada; and Western Regional Office, Ducks Unlimited ; Eric W. Butterworth ... [et al.].
Butterworth, Eric W., Falk, Darcy; Mack, Glenn G.; Smith, Kevin; Wei, Xiangyue. 2005. Conservation planning for waterbirds and wetlands in NE British Columbia: a summary of the preliminary results from the Fort Nelson Project, 2003-2004. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA)
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