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Yellowhead Ecosystem Group Secretariat An Introduction to the Foothills Research Institute January 21st, 2009 – Edmonton, Alberta

Tom Archibald General Manager tom.archibald@gov.ab.ca

www.foothillsresearchinstitute.ca


Our Mission: The Foothills Research Institute is a unique community of partners tied to the land and its people through a common concern for the welfare of the land and its resources.


What We Do: • • • •

Applied research Generate knowledge Develop management tools Communications and Extension


How We Do It: • • • • •

Partnerships Relevant Sound Governance Strong Administration Safe Data Management


Core Study Area: • Strategically located for YEG • Tangible demonstration of representatives of various jurisdictions working together.


Sponsoring Partners:


We Are Networked: Canadian Model Forest Network • Includes Canada’s 14 Model Forests. • Brings together hundreds of partners

International Model Forest Network • Includes more than a dozen countries • Canadian invention, established in 1995.


Key Success Drivers: • • • • • • • • •

Core shareholders Corporate structure Trust and common interest based partnerships Expanding partnerships Delivering world class research knowledge and tools Demonstration inside and beyond our borders Communications and Extension Influence without advocacy Staff development and retention


Research Programs: Current

New Programs

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Aboriginal Involvement Adaptive Forest Management Grizzly Bear Research Natural Disturbance Foothills Growth and Yield Assoc. Foothills Stream Crossing Assoc. Fish and Watershed Foothills Land Management Forum Social Science Local Level Indicators Communications and Extension Geographic Information Systems Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology

Climate Change Water, Quantity and Quality Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Circumboreal Initiative Yellowhead Ecosystem Group


Our Value: • Strategic location. • Scientific support. • Breadth and depth of understanding of broad ecosystem-based issues that would be shared by YEG. • Availability of advanced tools and models. • Existing and broad supportive partnership dedicated to sustainable resource management.


Our Value (2): • Research, development, and application of world class mapping technologies. • Direct research expertise to address matters of concern. • Evaluate newly aligned policies before adoption. • Facilitate information and data sharing. • Maintain shared databases.


Our Value (3): • Develop resource-specific task groups. • Monitoring, feedback, and progress reporting. • Ensure indicators are easy to interpret and publicly comprehensible. • A flexible and nimble secretariat. • Build trust.


Jasper National Park, 1915

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A Partnership That Produces Results!


Thank you‌ any questions?


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