TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Peace River Oil Sands Area (OSA) encompasses an area of 29,120 km2 (4%) in north central Alberta. The region overlays a large bitumen deposit of the same name. These deposits are located too deep underground to extract using surface mining and therefore can only be accessed using in situ technology. Forestry is another important industry as this region almost entirely overlaps with the Boreal Forest Natural Region. Areas in the southwest of the Peace River OSA consist of parkland vegetation, characterized by a mixture of Aspen and White Spruce groves interspersed with prairie grasslands; much of the parkland has been converted to agricultural use. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Peace River OSA.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 21.18% of the Peace River OSA. Agriculture was the dominant human footprint, covering 13.24%, followed by forestry (4.27%) footprint and energy (2.15%) footprint.
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||6,168||21.2|
|Human-created Water Bodies||50||0.2|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Peace River Oil Sands Area, circa 2016.