TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Upper Athabasca Region covers 83,004 km2 (12.5%) in northwest central Alberta. Forest ecosystems cover most of the landbase, including the Boreal Forest (44%), Foothills (38%), and Rocky Mountain (17%) Natural Regions. Forestry is an important economic driver with several Forest Management Agreement areas overlapping the regional boundary. In addition, recreation and tourism are key industries; Jasper National Park—a world-renowned tourist destination—coincides with this region. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Upper Athabasca Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 29.11% of the Upper Athabasca Region. Agriculture was the dominant human footprint, covering 13.23% of the landbase, followed closely by forestry footprint, which covered 11.20%. Energy and transportation footprint covered 2.29% and 1.50% of the region, respectively.
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||24,162||29.1|
|Human-created Water Bodies||125||0.1|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Upper Athabasca Region, circa 2016.