Considering the suffering populations of northern caribou, this trial was completed to see if it’s possible to improve habitat conditions. An area comprised of pine killed by mountain pine beetle was knocked down and burned. Lichen growth and habitat conditions will be closely monitored over time to determine if this is a suitable treatment to improve caribou range.
The burn was delivered in 2004 and the latest round of monitoring was completed in 2013. Results indicated slow vegetative returns (approximately 10% coverage and no lichen establishment). Next round of monitoring is planned in 2020.