Waterfowl are spread at low densities across Canada’s boreal forest. These low densities, coupled with the economic importance of natural resource development, mean that protected areas alone will not be sufficient to conserve healthy waterfowl populations. Sustainable land use is an important complementary tool that will help conserve boreal wetlands and the services they provide while maintaining economic benefits and social values.
The boreal program works to achieve sustainable land use by informing and engaging in government policy and programs. We also work to inform specific industry operating guidelines, standards and practices. We engage in land-use planning processes, using our GIS and remote sensing tools, our Enhanced Wetland Classification system (EWC), and best management practices as mechanisms for promoting and implementing sustainable land use.
Learn more about our land use planning services.