Grizz Tracker

The Lower Peace Region of northwestern Alberta is a multi-use landscape, including forestry, extensive oil and gas development, electrical transmission/distribution lines and agricultural production. The expansive scale of this landscape and complexity of land management makes collaboration between partners critical for achieving wildlife population monitoring objectives and effective integrated landscape management. There is also growing recognition that environmental decision-making requires not just technical information, but must include the expertise and values of the broader public. Personnel working or living within the Lower Peace landscape have valuable knowledge and expertise, and integration of this information into Alberta Environment and Parks’ (AEP) activities would represent a significant step forward for integrated landscape management. Specifically, Grizz Tracker aims to address a lack of understanding of grizzly bear occupancy and the need to engage the public and industrial personnel in stewardship activities to maintain healthy bear populations.

Grizz Tracker represents a novel and powerful approach where industrial stakeholders, AEP and the Miistakis Institute have co-created a program, using emerging technologies, to: 1) shift the regional attitude toward this problem from one of “regrettable inevitability” to “solvable public challenge”, and 2) change the way people in the region understand, behave and interact with the issue of wildlife management in a multi-use landscape. By engaging stakeholders across sectors and putting data-gathering power in the hands of anyone with a smartphone, the project will contribute to improved population modeling for grizzly bear, improved human and wildlife safety, and stakeholders who are engaged with a landscape and its wildlife in a way that supports deeper ecological literacy and a stronger sense of place. The development and initial implementation of GrizzTracker has been supported by industry and Government of Alberta, Alberta Ecotrust dollars will enable us to launch the program to the broader public in the Lower Peace region.

Project partners include: Alberta Environment and Parks, Daishowa-Marubeni International, the Miistakis Institute, Boucher Bros. Lumber, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Canfor, and Manning Forest Products (a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd).

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