Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis

The Landscapes Patterns project is intended to provide support to multiple organizations with an interest in achieving environmental outcomes on landscapes of varying scales in the north-west part of the North American continent in general, and in Alberta in particular. The project undertook a literature review of publications that show a relationship between human land use and land use patterns and the qualitative state of various parts of the environment. Most published research focuses on wildlife species and water quality.

The project was a collaboration amongst various funding partners:

 

        Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Project Sponsor)

        Oldman Watershed Council (Project Manager)

        Department of National Defence – Canadian Forces Base Suffield

        Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

        Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative

        Prairie Conservation Forum

        Crown Managers Partnership

The successful consultant was 02 Planning and Design. Deliverables include a report and annotated bibliography, a citations spreadsheet and a presentation.

Various map files were also produced as part of the project. The intent is to set up a spatial or keyword searchable function on the LC Map website and to allow website users to add citations to the citations and bibliographic database.

A second phase of the project will involve collaboration amongst the funding parties regarding ways in which landscape metrics can be used to support environmental outcomes in land use and conservation planning.

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