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(2017-02-21) GFWC has recently completed updating our industrial concessions datasets, current to the end of 2016. Industrial concessions are agreements between companies and governments that allow for the exploration and/or exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources and as such are an important indicator of the present geographic extent of industrial interest and potential resource development on the Canadian landscape. Our current datasets include: forestry concessions, mineral concessions, and petroleum/natural gas concessions. Note: GFWC is in the process of preparing an open data assessment on these latest geospatial datasets that will be sent out for review and published when finalized.
(2016-10-20) These datasets show the extent of anthropogenic disturbances mapped by GFWC in the Broadback River Watershed region based on Landsat imagery from 1980 to 2015. Three datasets are available for download: (1) linear disturbances; (2) polygonal disturbances; and (3) a dataset in which the linear and polygonal disturbance datasets were buffered by 500m to account for an ecological footprint and combined. The disturbance data in all three datasets is separated into 5-year time periods, from 1980 to 2015.
(2016-09-20) Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) mapped linear disturbances in the Alberta Castle using ancillary data sources and air photographs from the summer of 2012, and then refined the dataset to categorize roads. This dataset was used in GFWC's analyses of the extent of linear disturbance and its impact on species at risk in Alberta's Castle region. The methodology used to create this data can be found in Bulletin 2.
(2016-07-05) GFWC has updated its circa 2000 intact forest landscape (IFL) layer and created a 2013 version. GFWC, as per its core principles, is sharing all three datasets: updated circa 2000 IFL layer, 2013 IFL layer, and the IFL change 2000-2013 layer. See the metadata plus the bulletin for further details on the methodology and results.
(2014-02-27) Industrial concessions are agreements between companies and governments that allow for the exploration and/or exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. They are an important indicator of the present geographic extent of industrial interest and potential resource development on the Canadian landscape.
(2014-01-09) Access is human-caused alteration of habitat and landscapes resulting in spatial separation of habitat and landscape units from a previous state of greater continuity. Major human access results in habitat fragmentation which is often a cause of species becoming threatened or endangered. This dataset provides an overall picture of the extent of human access in Canada.
(2013-12-05) This revision to Global Forest Watch Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes dataset updates the extent of IFLs in Alberta forest ecozones and Canada's woodland caribou boreal population herd ranges to circa 2010.
(2010-12-17) This dataset combines key ecological values within intact forest landscapes in order to identify what can be called “key ecological areas”—that is, the most valuable areas from an ecological perspective.