SFI Conservation Value Assessment Tool

SFI Conservation Value Assessment Tool

 

BAM's data and models have been used to develop a web-application tool to support conservation planning and to explore the conservation value of certified forests.

BAM’s representation analysis and associated web-application, created in partnership with the Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Networks Project (BEACONs), are contributing to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) understanding of the value of sustainable forest management for conserving avian biodiversity.

The BAM and BEACONs SFI Representation Assessment Tool is an online application that enables users to explore and evaluate the representation of bird-related conservation values within SFI-certified forestlands at multiple spatial scales ranging from ecoregions to the entire Canadian boreal region. The current focus is on the evaluation of a suite of species and biophysical indicators that were selected by BAM and BEACONs. We measured conservation value by evaluating the ecological representation of the indicators i.e., how well do SFI lands represent each indicator?

This initiative benefitted from The SFI Conservation Grant program.

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Project Summary

Two important steps for Canada Warbler conservation and management are identifying what habitat is important for the species, and how to appropriately manage it. A partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada and High Branch Conservation Services, with support from Nature Canada, the Boreal Avian Modelling Project and the Canada Warbler International Conservation Initiative, developed habitat management guidelines and established priority areas for conservation and management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. These guidelines and maps are designed to help managers engage in forestry activities so as to minimize their impact on Canada Warbler habitat, and ensure a future supply of habitat is available.

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Data Products

Maps and spatial data

Codes for spatial models

Publications

Westwood, A.R., Lambert, J.D., Reitsma, L.R., Stralberg, D., 2020. Prioritizing Areas for Land Conservation and Forest Management Planning for the Threatened Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. Diversity 12, 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/d12020061

Westwood, A.R., Harding, C., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Guidelines for Managing Canada Warbler Habitat in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2435733.

Westwood, A.R., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Prioritizing Areas for Canada Warbler Conservation and Management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3251109.