Caribou Habitat and Linear Restoration

Linear Deactivation & Caribou Habitat Restoration

Industrial activities such as in-situ development, conventional oil and gas activities, and exploration have required the establishment of many linear corridors. There are many examples of where these features have not re-established a stand of trees; some have remained un-reforested for decades. Corridors without trees, fragment the landscape, and are detrimental to wildlife species that require large contiguous stands. A linear corridor allows access for recreational vehicles which disturb the soil and vegetation, and consequently keeps these corridors un-vegetated with tall shrubs and trees.

Linear corridors bisect many different soil and ecosystem types in a short distance, planning for optimum treatments of a given length of corridor is exceptionally complex. This complexity would take high levels of understanding and planning by the workers trying to reforest these lines in order for success. At the Evergreen Centre, there are a number of demonstrations testing and developing best practices to achieve natural regeneration on seismic lines.

Project Contributors

External Documents


Experimental Comparisons of Site Preparation and Planting Treatments to Reclaim Linear Corridors in the Boreal Forest

Evaluation of Forest Reclamation Efforts on Linear Corridors of the Little Smokey

Operational Planning & Tools for Habitat Restoration

Linear Restoration Tools and Research Initiatives

Footprint Characterization a Focus For Landscape Management