TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Upper Peace Region covers an area greater than 74,000 km2 in the central-northwest portion of Alberta, and includes four of Alberta's six natural regions: Foothills (29%), Rocky Mountain (18%), Boreal Forest (11%), and Parkland (5%). The topography and ecosystems of this landbase are diverse. Forests cover large areas in the south and north, while centrally located parkland habitats support an array of species typically found in prairie ecosystems located in more southern regions of the province. The Upper Peace Region is one of North America's most northerly agricultural zones; approximately 34% of the landbase is used for growing crops and feeding livestock. Forestry and oil and gas are also important industries. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Upper Peace Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 33.77% of the Upper Peace Region. Agriculture was the dominant human footprint, covering 19.47%, followed by forestry footprint (9.89%), energy (2.17%), and transportation (1.43%). Urban footprint and human-created waterbodies each covered < 1% of the region.
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||25,081||33.8|
|Human-created Water Bodies||111||0.1|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Upper Peace Region, circa 2016.