Program 26

AIRDATE:07/31/01

PROMO: Dr. Brad Stelfox, Forem Technologies, Bragg Creek

Dr. Stan Boutin, Professor of Biological Sciences awarded the NSERC Industrial Chair of Integrated Landscape Management, University of Alberta

Peter Koning, Integrated Landscape Management Project Manager, Alberta Chamber of Resources, seconded from Conoco Canada Resources (formerly Gulf Canada Resources), Calgary

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TITLE: Dr. Brad Stelfox, Forem Technologies, Bragg Creek
SUBJECT: #26 ALCES Program and Cumulative Impacts
SYNOPSIS: As a forest ecologist, Dr. Brad Stelfox has made an exhaustive study of biodiversity within the aspen mixedwood forest and the successional structures necessary to provide habitat to maintain that biodiversity. This has become a major building block for the evolution of forest ecosystem management in northern Alberta. Inevitably this research led to a look at the cumulative effects of different forces that compromise the integrity of the forest ecosystem and the ability of forest companies to operate in a sustainable manner. Brad developed ALCES (A Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator) , a computer program which tracks changes and cumulative effects of different users on the forest landbase has become the foundation of a unique initiative in Alberta called Integrated Landscape Management. Using ALCES, Brad was able to demonstrate that the energy sector presently harvests almost as much area of forest as logging companies do. And with the projected growth in the energy sector, forest companies such as Alberta-Pacific will soon become minor players on the landbase if nothing is done to mitigate the heavy footprint left by Alberta's exploration and drilling activity.

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TITLE: Dr. Stan Boutin, Professor of Biological Sciences awarded the NSERC Industrial Chair of Integrated Landscape Management, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #26 Research Chair in ILM
SYNOPSIS: Armed with the ALCES program developed by Dr. Brad Stelfox and the support of various companies through the Alberta Chamber of Resources, Dr. Stan Boutin will develop research programs that will help industry, government and society come to terms with the cumulative effects of human activity on Alberta's landbase. The main objective is to further develop the scientific, technical, economic, and philosophical basis which will foster a coordinated or integrated approach to development between competing and often conflicting landuses while maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem

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TITLE: Peter Koning, Integrated Landscape Management Project Manager, Alberta Chamber of Resources, seconded from Conoco Canada Resources (formerly Gulf Canada Resources), Calgary
SUBJECT: #26 Gulf Surmont Project
SYNOPSIS: As a forester working within the energy sector, Peter Koning has many years experience dealing with reclamation and environmental concerns with oilsands development. As the Gulf-Surmont project developed in northeastern Alberta, it quickly became obvious that Gulf's heavy oil activities were in conflict with those of Alberta-Pacific, the forest company operating in the same area. Peter was part of the team that looked at where the two companies could coordinate their activities and cut their expenses while lessening the industrial footprint on the forest landbase. Simply planning their roads, wellsites and cutblock activities together saved over a million dollars. The success of this integrated approach led to the Alberta Chamber of Resources Integrated Landscape Management project which Peter is now taking to oil and gas companies based in Calgary

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