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.

Cross-Border Collaboration Project in BCR 12

Cross-border collaboration for bird conservation on managed forest lands


This project is a collaboration with SFI and ABC to develop actionable science to support the conservation of birds on managed forest lands in the Boreal Transition Region of the US and Canada. 


BAM is collaborating with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Bird Conservancy (ABC) to develop a cross-border initiative for bird conservation on managed forest lands. The project area is the Upper Great Lakes region of BCR 12 (Boreal Hardwood Transition). The cross-border project will focus on the co-production of actionable science with local forest industry, government, and community partners to identify opportunities and challenges for forest management to benefit bird populations.

Within BAM this project is led by Andy Crosby.


On June 3, 2020, we held an e-workshop to present the project proposal and begin to engage potential partners. Following this workshop, we received substantial interest in this project as well as volunteers to participate in a steering group to help develop goals and a plan to move this project forward.

Learn more and watch a webinar for this project. 


We have been soliciting additional data for the United States portion of the BCR 12 study region. If you have data from this region and would be willing to share it with BAM or this project please contact us.

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Response of birds to the effects of caribou conservation, harvest, fire, and energy sector impacts in Alberta

Response of birds to the effects of caribou conservation, harvest, fire, and energy sector impacts 

Quantifying Long-Term Bird Population Responses to Simulated Harvest Plans and Cumulative Effects of Disturbance in Alberta

Project Summary

As interest in caribou conservation continues to increase, there is growing interest in understanding potential trade-offs or co-benefits with other species. In 2019-20, we continued our efforts to estimate possible impacts on boreal bird populations resulting from various harvest management options in the Al-Pac forest management unit. Using the cure4insect decision support tool, we applied avian habitat models to the landscapes forecasted under different timber supply scenarios, including a caribou conservation scenario, to anticipate bird population response . We extended this work further using a custom-built ALCES Online simulator to explore impacts of fire and energy – in addition to forest harvest – for the caribou conservation scenario. We projected how population sizes of several species including Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler , Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cape May Warbler  and Palm Warbler  would respond to differences in harvest locations, energy sector development, and either increases or cessation of forest fires. 


Project Partners

This project was led by Lionel Leston and is a collaboration with Al-Pac and the ABMI.  For more information please contact us. 


Leston, L., Bayne, E., Dzus, E., Sólymos, P., Moore, T., Andison, D., Cheyne, D., Carlson, M., 2020. Quantifying Long-Term Bird Population Responses to Simulated Harvest Plans and Cumulative Effects of Disturbance. Front Ecol Evol. 8, 252. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00252