Scenario Modeling Report – Athabasca Landscape Area – Appendix 3 – 2009

The Athabasca Landscape Team was established in June 2008 and tasked with developing an Athabasca Caribou Landscape Management Options report for boreal caribou ranges in northeast Alberta. In order to evaluate management options that may help sustain and recover boreal caribou in the Athabasca Landscape area, the Athabasca Landscape Team used a simulation model to evaluate alternative management scenarios. The model was used to compare and evaluate the influence of different ‘management levers’ on key indicators for caribou habitat quality or the size and persistence of caribou herds. This report provides a summary of the modeling approach, key assumptions and modeling results for the Athabasca Landscape area, as an appendix to the Athabasca Landscape Team Management Options report.

ALCES III Scenario Modeling Report – Athabasca Landscape Area.pdf

Antoniuk T., J. Nishi, K. Manuel, M. Sutherland, and C. Yarmoloy. 2009. ALCES III Scenario Modeling Report – Athabasca Landscape Area. Athabasca Caribou Landscape Management Options Report – Appendix III. 96 pages.

Sahtu Target Implementation Project -2009

The Sahtu Land Use Planning Board is mandated to develop and implement a land use plan for the Sahtu Settlement Area of the Northwest Territories. This study was commissioned by the planning board to identify useful ‘Valued components’ and provide science-based information on candidate targets that could be used to manage these Valued Components as part of the land use plan. This paper identifies three general Valued Components – wildlife, water quality, and fish. These were concluded to be the best regional examples for target implementation because relatively good information is available to generate candidate objectives for one or more regions of the Sahtu Settlement Area. Approaches that could be used by the Sahtu Land Use Planning Board to define management targets are described, including measures to incorporate social values and risk.

Sahtu Target Implementation Project -2009.pdf

Antoniuk T., M. Sullivan, K. Manuel, M. Sutherland, and S. Francis. 2009. Sahtu Target Implementation Project. Prepared for Sahtu Land Use Planning Board. 95 Pages.

Valued Component Thresholds – 2009

The Environmental Studies Research Funds commissioned a study on “Valued Component Thresholds” relevant to the oil and gas industry in the Northwest Territories. Study objectives were to advance the understanding and awareness of thresholds or objectives in the management of cumulative effects, and to investigate how best to implement such an approach for the onshore energy sector.

The report begins with information on the proposed Valued Component management framework, including definitions of key terms and a description of the process used to define objectives, using woodland caribou as an example. This is followed by a discussion of potential cumulative effects that could occur as a result of northern hydrocarbon activities, and summarizes useful indicators identified in the literature review and previous reports. Key elements and concepts supporting the proposed implantation framework were also introduced and described. The report also draws links between these discussions and sets out conclusions relevant to the four project objectives. Finally, recommendations for framework implementation in a NWT pilot study are also provided

Valued Component Thresholds – 2009.pdf

Antoniuk, T., S. Kennett, C. Aumann, M. Weber, S. Davis Schuetz, R. McManus, K. McKinnon and K. Manuel.2009.Valued Component Thresholds (Management Objectives) Project. Environmental Studies Research Funds Report No. 172. Calgary, AB. 164 p.