A presentation by Dr. Stan Boutin (University of Alberta)
The Oil Sands of Alberta present many environmental challenges. My talk will focus on how terrestrial ecosystems and their components can be conserved in this heavily industrialized landscape. I will begin by outlining the magnitude of current and proposed human activities in the region and show how our perception of scale is fundamental to tackling conservation issues. Management actions can take many forms, from new industrial "best practices" to broad land-use planning involving conservation areas and high-intensity industrial activities but the "effectiveness" of these actions is highly variable.
I will use a case study of woodland caribou, an endangered species, to illustrate how powerful land-use planning tools can now give society the information needed to make ecologically informed decisions about how and if conservation and development targets can be achieved.
Free, everyone welcome. Seating is limited. No reservations necessary. The conference is followed by a reception.