TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Foothills Natural Region, located on the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains, covers approximately 66,000 km2 or 10% of the province. Characterized by variable terrain and a moist, cool climate, the lower slopes consist of rolling hills and plateaus with of mixture of grassland, deciduous, and mixedwood forests. At higher elevations, slopes become steeper and conifer forests predominate. Streams with headwaters originating in the Rocky Mountains frequently bisect the landscape. As a transitional ecosystem between the Rocky Mountain Natural Region to the west and the Grassland and Boreal Natural Regions to the east and north, biodiversity in the foothills is generally a mix of these surrounding regions. Human footprint is presented for the Foothills Natural Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 29.73% of the Foothills Natural Region. Forestry was the dominant human footprint covering 20.15% of the region, followed by agriculture footprint (3.17%), energy footprint (3.12%), and transportation footprint (1.74%).
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||19,752||29.7|
|Human-created Water Bodies||113||0.2|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Foothills Natural Region, circa 2016.