Understanding historical forest landscape dynamics in the Alberta foothills

An emerging strategy for managing natural resources such as Canada's forests more sustainably and responsibly is to use knowledge of how Mother Nature has done it to help guide our hand. This so-called ‘ecosystem-based” approach has gained favour with provincial and federal governments, as well as national and international certification agencies. One of the foundations of such an approach is a fundamental understanding of how natural forest ecosystems have worked for millennia over time and space; how has Mother Nature provided the huge, rich array of goods and services such as timber, clean water, recreation, fishing, hunting, and critical species habitat that we enjoy today. In the Alberta foothills, the key drivers of change are climate and wildfire. TO BE CONT'D

Cameron Naficy
Faculty Supervisor: 
Nicholas Coops
British Columbia
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