One victim of these persisting linear features is the boreal woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus), now considered threatened according to Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA). The legacy seismic lines provide good habitat and travel corridors for the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and have contributed to the penetration of this species and its predators into new areas of the boreal forest and into the range of woodland caribou. As a result, caribou predation on the caribou by the wolf (Canis lupus) and black bear (Ursus americanus) has vastly increased, jeopardizing the survival of many caribou populations.
Consultants developing environmental mitigation
Multiple intervention strategies to improve the survival of the woodland caribou are being used. The Reclaimit environmental consultancy and its customer, a Canada-based oil sands resource developer (client), have worked together since 2014 to improve and accelerate habitat recovery on legacy seismic lines and thereby restore ecological function.
What is our approach?
Starting in 2014 the team of Reclaimit environmental consultants began to support the habitat restoration of the seismic lines in the region through summer tree and shrub planting on lines pre-selected by the client. Beyond 2014, the client and Reclaimit forestland consultants began to recognize that a solution that will work environmentally, gain social acceptance and remain fiscally responsible would require a multifaceted approach with key performance indicators to measure program success beyond the execution phase.