Program 52

AIRDATE:06/03/02

PROMO: Find out about FORWARD, a research project looking at watershed and riparian disturbance in the Whitecourt forest.
And naturalist Wayne Roberts whistles up some spawning toads at Wagner Bog.

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TITLE: Jonathan Russell, Chief Forester, Millar Western
SUBJECT: #52 FORWARD Project
SYNOPSIS: The Virigina Hills fire of 1998 burned 156,000 hectares of forest where Millar Western and Blue Ridge Lumber do their logging near Whitecourt, Alberta. The fire was so large and intense, in many areas it burned right through the riparian zone down to the water's edge. As chief forester with Millar Western, Jonathan Russell helped spearhead a study that would look at the effect disturbance such as fire and logging have on the flow water in the forested watershed.. Known by the acronym FORWARD, this stands for Forest Watershed and Riparian Disturbance. FORWARD is intended as a longterm study that brings together scientists of various disiplines to look at the complex relationships between water, soils, riparian buffers, and the impact of natural and manmade disturbance

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TITLE: Dr Ellie Prepas, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Water Management, Lakehead University
SUBJECT: #52 FORWARD Project
SYNOPSIS: As the lead scientist on the FORWARD project (Forest Watershed and Riparian Disturbance), Dr. Ellie Prepas expects that knowledge gained through the various research efforts will translate into better forest management practices that consider the whole watershed. Fortunately data collected in the 1980's on a number of streams and rivers in the Whitecourt region will allow the scientists to make better comparisons for longterm impacts.

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TITLE: Ivan Whitson, Soil Scientist and PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #52 FORWARD Project
SYNOPSIS: Soil regimes across the boreal plains ecosystem are varied, making the study of water flows and disturbance for the FORWARD project rather complicated. Among the concerns for soil scientist Ivan Whitson of the University of Alberta are sedimentation, compaction and runoff.

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TITLE: #52 Dr. Sandy Verry, Forest Hydrologist, United States Forest Service, Minnesota
SUBJECT: FORWARD Project
SYNOPSIS: As a forest hydrologist, Dr. Sandy Verry has studied the impact of land clearing on water flows for many years. What's interesting for him about the FORWARD project is the potential for investigating what's different when the loss of forest is not permanent, as it would be for agriculture. His work in Minnesota shows that the percentage of forest loss in a watershed can be linked to the amount of flooding and the change on stream bank formation.

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TITLE: Wayne Roberts, Naturalist and Curator, University of Alberta Zoology Museum
SUBJECT: #52 Toad Walk at Wagner Bog
SYNOPSIS: If you can pucker your lips, then you can whistle up a toad. That's what naturalist Wayne Roberts has been doing for the last seventeen years on the annual Toad Walk at Wagner Bog just west of Edmonton. With this year's late, cold spring, spawning for wood frogs and western toads is about a month behind. But a walk around the shallow marl ponds, which at most are only eight inches deep, shows evidence that the hormone driven amphibians are making up for lost time now that warm weather is finally here. Western toads were once thought to be mute, but it's now known that during their very short mating season, the male toads emit a very human-like whistle to attract breeding females. Western toads will lay double strings that may hold as many as ten thousand eggs.

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