Land-use Planning Regions:

TOTAL AREA:
74,270 km2

TOTAL Human Footprint:
25,081 km2

Region Overview

The Upper Peace Region covers an area greater than 74,000 km2 in the central-northwest portion of Alberta, and includes four of Alberta's six natural regions: Foothills (29%), Rocky Mountain (18%), Boreal Forest (11%), and Parkland (5%). The topography and ecosystems of this landbase are diverse. Forests cover large areas in the south and north, while centrally located parkland habitats support an array of species typically found in prairie ecosystems located in more southern regions of the province. The Upper Peace Region is one of North America's most northerly agricultural zones; approximately 34% of the landbase is used for growing crops and feeding livestock. Forestry and oil and gas are also important industries. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Upper Peace Region.

Status

As of 2016, human footprint occupied 33.77% of the Upper Peace Region. Agriculture was the dominant human footprint, covering 19.47%, followed by forestry footprint (9.89%), energy (2.17%), and transportation (1.43%). Urban footprint and human-created waterbodies each covered < 1% of the region.

Human Footprint Type Area (km2) Area (%)
Total Human Footprint 25,081 33.8
Agriculture 14,460 19.5
Energy 1,612 2.2
Forestry 7,345 9.9
Human-created Water Bodies 111 0.1
Transportation 1,062 1.4
Urban/Industrial 490 0.7

FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Upper Peace Region, circa 2016.

Total Human Footprint 33.8%

Agriculture 19.5%

Energy 2.2%

Forestry 9.9%

Human-created Water Bodies 0.1%

Transportation 1.4%

Urban/Industrial 0.7%

Trend

Between 1999 and 2016, the total area of human footprint in the Upper Peace Region increased by 6.44%, from 27.33% to 33.77%. Most of this increase was due to the expansion of forestry footprint, which increased by 5.09% (from 4.80% to 9.89%). The remaining footprint categories all had small increases over this time frame.

Human Footprint Type 1999 (km2) 2016 (km2) Change (km2)
Total Human Footprint 20,298 25,081 + 4,783
Agriculture 14,178 14,460 + 282
Energy 1,084 1,612 + 527
Forestry 3,565 7,345 + 3,780
Human-created Water Bodies 59 111 + 52
Transportation 891 1,062 + 171
Urban/Industrial 312 490 + 178
Human Footprint Type 1999 (%) 2016 (%) Change (%)
Total Human Footprint 27.3 33.8 + 6.4
Agriculture 19.1 19.5 + 0.4
Energy 1.5 2.2 + 0.7
Forestry 4.8 9.9 + 5.1
Human-created Water Bodies 0.1 0.1 + 0.1
Transportation 1.2 1.4 + 0.2
Urban/Industrial 0.4 0.7 + 0.2

FIGURE: Trend in the percentage area of total human footprint, and by human footprint category in the Upper Peace Region between 1999 and 2016. Click on the entries in the legend to turn human footprint categories on and off.