TOTAL Human Footprint:
The North Saskatchewan Region, an area covering 85,787 km2 (or 18%) of Alberta, bisects the province from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Saskatchewan border in the east, and encompasses a diversity of ecosystems and land uses. This region includes five of Alberta’s six Natural Regions: Rocky Mountain, Foothills, Boreal Forest, Parkland, and Grassland. Forestry is an important industry in the Foothills. In the Parkland, Grassland, and Boreal Forest Natural Regions, there are a range of land uses—agriculture, industrial development, and urban expansion—as well as the transportation infrastructure to support these activities. Privately owned land makes up more than 60% of the region. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the North Saskatchewan Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 54.71% of the North Saskatchewan Region. Agriculture was the dominant human footprint, covering 44.18% of the region. The following human footprint categories occupied similar areas: transportation (2.76%), forestry (2.76%), urban (2.42%), and energy (2.32%).
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||46,931||54.7|
|Human-created Water Bodies||232||0.3|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the North Saskatchewan Region, circa 2016.