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(2010-05-10) Published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation (authors: DW Schindler and PG Lee). In a water-scarce world, there is increasing pressure to divert and exploit boreal freshwaters, and devising conservation plans to protect boreal freshwaters and their catchments is urgent. We propose a catchment-based approach that includes water and chemical mass-balances as a sensitive means of detecting early degradation of many ecosystem services in both catchments and freshwaters.
(2009-09-27) A report that provides estimates of land use changes, biological carbon content and consequent potential greenhouse emissions due to existing and future surface mining and in situ extraction of bitumen in Alberta, Canada. The paper reveals that significant amounts of greenhouse gases are emitted through the disturbance and/or removal of biocarbon (trees, shrubs, peats), which overlay Alberta's oil sands. These emissions have not previously been measured nor reported by governments and industry.
(2009-07-08) GFWC prepared this report under the direction of five environmental organizations, in support of the Government of Alberta's direction in the Terms of Reference for the Regional Advisory Council of the Lower Athabasca Plan in Alberta. The report records the methods used to identify sites of high conservation priority and presents a map of conservation priority areas in the Lower Athabasca land-use planning region.
(2009-04-02) This 2-part atlas was published in the hope that it will assist Albertans in their efforts to sustainably manage their important forest legacy; its production was triggered by the Alberta Government's release of Alberta's Land-use Framework in December 2008. The atlas reveals a dramatic reduction in large blocks of Alberta's natural boreal forest landscapes due to the expansion of industrial activities in recent decades. Part I of the atlas provides context and maps of Alberta's intact forest landscapes; Part II focuses on the threats to these forests.
(2008-07-02) This dataset was developed to determine the extent and location of changes within the Ontario Greenbelt between 1993 and 2007. While the analysis likely underestimates the amount of conversion, a key result of the study was that there was very little conversion or loss of forests and wetlands, but a disproportionately high conversion of high-value agricultural lands to urban/built-up areas.
(2008-07-02) The Ontario Greenbelt presents both opportunities and challenges for managing growth and retaining natural areas and key agricultural production lands. This report contributed to a larger project (by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Greenbelt foundation) around analyzing key ecosystem values in Ontario's Greenbelt.
(2007-02-16) The summary results of an up-to-date survey of human disturbances in the Pascagama region of the Boreal region in Québec, which reveals many recent impacts caused by logging and associated roads. The study was undertaken using satellite imagery over the period of 1990 to 2006. Published in English and French!
(2004-07-21) This report accompanies the earlier GFWC report, Where Land and Waters Meet: Understanding and Protecting Riparian Areas in Canada's Forests (link under "Related stories" below). This newer report looks at riparian forest management standards across the country. It identifies many weaknesses in existing standards.
(2004-04-05) This collection of maps and report provide information on how rights to log public forests are allocated to private companies across the country. Corporate consolidation in the forestry sector has led to larger and larger companies controlling more and more areas of publicly owned forest. (Note: the dataset that previously accompanied this report is no longer available as it is too outdated to be considered accurate/useful.)