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Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program - monitoring effectiveness of sustainable forest management planningAuthor(s): J. John Stadt; Jim Schieck; Harry Stelfox
Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 246-253
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Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program is a rigorous science-based initiative that is being developed to monitor and report on biodiversity status and trends throughout the province of Alberta, Canada. Forest management plans in Alberta are required to monitor and report on the achievement of stated sustainable forest management objectives; however, the effectiveness of these objectives in maintaining biodiversity is not directly addressed in this operational monitoring. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program will provide this effectiveness function at provincial and regional scales, supporting the ongoing assessment and revision of resource management objectives in an adaptive management process.
The basic survey design consists of 1650 sites, 20 km apart, evenly spaced on a grid pattern across Alberta. Sites will be sampled over a five-year period at a rate of 350 sites/year. Standardized sampling protocols will be used to cover a broad range of species and habitat elements within terrestrial and aquatic environments, as well as broader landscape-level features. The ABMP will have a 90 percent power to detect a 3-percent yearly change within a region after three visits to a site.
In addition to forest management, the petroleum and agriculture sectors also have significant influences on biodiversity in Alberta ecosystems. Planning regimes vary widely among these sectors creating a significant challenge in managing their cumulative effects on biodiversity. The ABMP is designed to provide a comprehensive monitoring system that will detect changes to biodiversity, act as an early warning system, and help Albertans and various resource sectors make improvements to their management practices.
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CitationStadt, J. John; Schieck, Jim; Stelfox, Harry. 2006. Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program - monitoring effectiveness of sustainable forest management planning. In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 246-253
Keywordsmonitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Canada
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