Natural Regions:

TOTAL AREA:
9,719 km2

TOTAL Human Footprint:
7 km2

Region Overview

The Canadian Shield Natural Region occupies an area of 9,719 km2 (or 1.5% of Alberta) in the northeastern corner of Alberta. This relatively flat landscape is predominately covered by exposed bedrock and glacial deposits interspersed with numerous shallow lakes and wetlands. What vegetation there is occurs in “pockets” such as rock crevices or other sheltered locations where enough soil has accumulated for plants to take root. Jack Pine uplands and Black Spruce bogs make up most of the vegetation. Common plants in the understory include Bearberry, Common Blueberry, Bog Cranberry, Labrador Tea, feathermosses, and a variety of drought-tolerant ferns. Lichen communities form patchy carpets on rock faces and slopes, and on the forest floor. The variety of habitats from lakes and wetlands to upland and lowland forests, rocky cliffs and islands, provides habitat for diverse wildlife species. Human footprint status and trend is presented for the Canadian Shield Natural Region

Status

As of 2016, total human footprint in the Canadian Shield Natural Region occupied < 1% of the area, and included the following footprint types: transportation, urban, energy and human-created waterbodies.

Human Footprint Type Area (km2) Area (%)
Total Human Footprint 7 0.1
Agriculture 0 0.0
Energy 1 0.0
Forestry 0 0.0
Human-created Water Bodies 0 0.0
Transportation 3 0.0
Urban/Industrial 2 0.0

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

Total Human Footprint 0.1%

Agriculture 0.0%

Energy 0.0%

Forestry 0.0%

Human-created Water Bodies 0.0%

Transportation 0.0%

Urban/Industrial 0.0%

Trend

Between 1999 and 2016, the total area of human footprint in the Canadian Shield Natural Region increased by 0.01%.

Human Footprint Type 1999 (km2) 2016 (km2) Change (km2)
Total Human Footprint 6 7 + 1
Agriculture 0 0 0
Energy 1 1 0
Forestry 0 0 0
Human-created Water Bodies 0 0 0
Transportation 3 3 0
Urban/Industrial 0 2 + 2
Human Footprint Type 1999 (%) 2016 (%) Change (%)
Total Human Footprint 0.1 0.1 + 0.0
Agriculture 0.0 0.0 0.0
Energy 0.0 0.0 0.0
Forestry 0.0 0.0 0.0
Human-created Water Bodies 0.0 0.0 0.0
Transportation 0.0 0.0 0.0
Urban/Industrial 0.0 0.0 + 0.0

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