The Prioritized Landscape Ecology Assessment (PLEA) project was a joint effort between Strathcona County and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The main objective of the study was to complete a comprehensive identification of prioritized natural features and wildlife habitats across Strathcona County. The need for this study was driven by the conservation easement program being initiated within Strathcona County in 1996.
The PLEA project demonstrates new land management ethics being implemented on a regional and local scale. A prioritized inventory of significant wildlife habitats and natural features is required to provide a consistent and technically-sound basis for further site by site analysis in support of implementing conservation strategies at the subdivision and development stage. The intent was to put Strathcona County at the forefront of Alberta's municipalities concerned about ecologically sensitive landscape planning.
Prioritized Landscape Ecology Assessment of Strathcona County, Alberta (June 6, 1997)
Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables
3.0 Planning for Sustainable Land Use in Strathcona County
5.0 Effects of Land Use on Wildlife Habitat
6.0 Wildlife Communities and Habitat Requirements in Strathcona County
7.0 Significant Habitat Associations in Strathcona County
8.0 Wildlife Habitat Units of Strathcona County - Description and Occurrence
9.0 Applying Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology Principles to Priority Habitat Designation in Strathcona County
10.0 Priority Wildlife Habitat Units
11.0 Habitat Restoration Ecology and Application to Strathcona County
12.0 Priority Restoration Wildlife Habitat Units
Appendix A Mammal species expected to occur in Strathcona County
Appendix B Bird species expected to occur in Strathcona County (250.8 KB)
Appendix C Reptile and amphibian species expected to occur in Strathcona County
Appendix D Database of Priority Wildlife Habitat Units in Strathcona County
Although the PLEA document was completed in 1997, it remains relevant when assessing landscape development.
A more recent environmental assessment of Strathcona County in support of the MDP review (2004-2007) is also available.
The Assessment of Environmental Sensitivity and Sustainability in Support of the Strathcona County MDP Review, 2005 (3.3 MB) includes mapping that identifies various levels of environmental sensitivity and also provides detailed investigations of some site-specific issues.
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