An estimated 150,000 km of legacy seismic lines across Alberta will require some type of intervention to be placed on a trajectory to full recovery.
Monitoring programs provide us with valuable information to help assess the various innovative linear restoration techniques we have trialed and their effectiveness at achieving desired ecological outcomes including improving undisturbed caribou habitat.
While conventional linear restoration programs have concentrated on reducing the amount of fragmentation in caribou habitat, there is now a focus on the additional benefits that occur on the land base in the form of ecosystem services (ES).
If someone was to Google the term "environmental monitoring", they would get millions of hits, including a wide range of definitions; some of which are pretty complex. In its simplest form, "environmental monitoring" can be boiled down to "the process of gathering information or data on a regular basis".