Images from the Conference

Planning the New North
Wilbur Smarch
talking about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Council Chair Patrick Rouble
giving the opening message
Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge
on the lessons learned drafting the Decho Land Use Plan
Planning the New North
Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
Dr. Laurence C. Smith
gives a keynote address on "the New North: the World in 2050"
Ed Peekakoot
fiddling at the Gala
Planning the New North
A Full House in the Longhouse
a keynote address draws a full house with about 200 attendees
Planning the New North
One of many breakout sessions
at the "Artist Studio"
An engaging poster area
posters were also presented at lighting talks
Cooking Up Ideas
an ice-breaking activity
Iain Davidson-Hunt
makes a point
Dan Paleczny
giving his perspectives on transboundary land use planning
singing at the Gala
Planning the New North
The Next Generation of Planners
posing by a dugout canoe
Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
at the Gala
Council Director Ron Cruikshank
presenting his experience developing the Gwich'in Regional Land Use Plan
Planning the New North
Michael Barrett
on the Nunavik experience with regional planning and protected areas
Jeff Cook
speaks to a packed house on the second keynote address
Sarah Reid
on indigenous climate change adaptation planning

Presenter: Pierre Vernier - University of Alberta, Renewable Resources

The Canadian BEACONs Project has developed a science-based framework to support proactive planning in large, dynamic landscapes. A fundamental component of this framework is adaptive management supported by ecological benchmarks.  To support the implementation of this framework, and the identification of ecological benchmarks, we have developed a suite of custom tools and datasets, as well as websites for hosting analyses.  Here, we highlight three map- and web-based products developed for the boreal regions of Canada and Alaska.  These products will be publicly available and have potential to support many aspects of land-use planning.
1) We have assembled a suite of boreal-wide datasets with consistent projection, scale, and resolution to identify and assess representation of potential benchmark areas. The datasets were created from recent and reliable data including anthropogenic disturbance, biophysical features, climate, and species models.
2) We have developed two value-added data products. Water catchments are approximate drainage areas for stream segments that support evaluation of landscape hydrology. Catchment datasets have been developed at two scales (1:1million and ~1:50,000). Minimum Dynamic Reserves (MDR) are size estimates for benchmarks designed to incorporate natural disturbance and maintain ecological processes.  Fire-based MDRs have been estimated for all ecoregions intersecting the boreal region of Alaska and Canada.
3) Websites have been designed to communicate the results of analyses and enable data sharing. These websites are generated automatically to facilitate regular updating. Dynamic html reports including embedded computer code, datasets, tables, graphs and maps, enable users to explore the results in relation to input datasets.