Integrated Landscape Management

Alberta-Pacific's management area in northeastern Alberta is experiencing unprecedented oil and gas development. Development associated with oil and gas resources results in the removal of thousands of hectares of forestland for exploration and development in roads, seismic lines, pipelines, well-sites, insitu operations and mines. Energy sector activities, combined with Al-Pac's operations, result in cumulative environmental effects on many forest values such as wildlife habitat, forest productivity and water quality. Careful management is required to minimize the cumulative effects of development on forest ecosystems, the environment and other values that society demands be conserved and managed.

Since 1999, Alberta-Pacific has worked with the Alberta Chamber of Resources and individual energy companies to implement Integrated Landscape Management (ILM). Al-Pac's ILM initiatives are designed to reduce the cumulative 'footprint' of resource development activities, including both forestry and the energy sector, in and around the FMA area. Through ILM strategies, Al-Pac integrates oil and gas development activities into forest management planning and employs experience in sustainable forest management, sound knowledge-based research and best practices to offer resource companies alternatives. As well as minimizing short- and long-term environmental effects, these alternatives can result in considerable cost savings to resource companies, and help Al-Pac ensure a long-term and sustainable wood supply.

Al-Pac's ILM initiatives include integrated road development plans, reduced width seismic corridors, coordinated harvest of extraction and development areas, research and development of beneficial management practices for road and wetland reclamation and reforestation, and the creation of tools and models to better understand the effects of development and demonstrate how improved development practices can reduce impacts and lower costs.