With the recent amalgamation of the Peace Forest District (PFD) approximately 40 percent of the forest tenures contain overlapping licenses to graze under the Range Act Agreement on Crown range. The majority of the overlap occurs on deciduous and mixedwood forest cover types. With the increase in deciduous and mixedwood stand utilization throughout this forest district, the potential for resource conflict will increase. Presently there is little or no effective means of managing overlapping tenures and range agreements and the issues associated with them. The proposed research will examine selected management interactions between range and forest tenure holders and provide a basis for economic and social assessment of selected management inputs. This research will be instrumental in reducing the uncertainty in resource management decisions. Our approach has recently been validated by being asked to sit as the technical expertise on the PFD Timber and Range Impact Mitigation Committee (TRIMC) and to provide advice to the Sustainable Resource Division of the Alberta Government on issues related to this research initiative.
Christopher David Hawkins.
Forest Investment Account (FIA). 2004. Integrating production functions of timber, forage, and cattle to achieve landscape level sustainable resource management. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR257