TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Lower Peace Region, at 192,198 km2, is the largest of the seven land-use regions and covers 29% of the province’s northwest corner. This region overlaps almost entirely with the Boreal Forest Natural Region, which is characterized by vast forested areas of coniferous, mixedwood, and deciduous forests; the Foothills and Parkland Natural Regions occupy tiny pockets in the south. Forestry is an important industry in this landbase with almost half of the region coinciding with Forest Management Agreement (FMA) areas. Well sites and other energy infrastructure are also common as two oil sands areas—Peace River and Athabasca—overlap with this region. The Caribou Mountains, located in the region’s north, are a unique landform in the shape of a low, saucer-like plateau left unglaciated in the last ice age; as a result, these mountains contain remnant communities of lichens, vascular plants, and mosses not found in the surrounding areas. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Lower Peace Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 8.40% of the Lower Peace Region. Forestry was the dominant human footprint, covering 3.49%, closely followed by agriculture footprint (2.80%), and energy (1.52%). The remaining footprint types each covered < 1% of the region.
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||16,145||8.4|
|Human-created Water Bodies||154||0.1|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Lower Peace Region, circa 2016.