TOTAL Human Footprint:
The Red Deer Region encompasses an area of just over 51,000 km2 in south-central Alberta. The Grassland Natural Region and Parkland Natural Region comprise the dominant ecosystem types, representing 44% and 38% of the landbase, respectively; the Boreal Forest (8%) and Foothills (1%) Natural Regions cover much smaller areas. Agriculture is a critical industry in this region, and is part of a proud farming legacy that defines the economy and culture in many rural communities. Conventional oil and gas development is also common. The pressure to convert not only native grassland but also agricultural land to other land uses is an ongoing management challenge in this landbase. Human footprint status and trend is summarized for the Red Deer Region.
As of 2016, human footprint occupied 61.74% of the Red Deer Region. Covering 54.43% of the region, agriculture was the dominant human footprint. The following categories had lower footprints and occupied similar areas: transportation (2.78%), energy (2.49%), and urban (1.59%).
|Human Footprint Type||Area (km2)||Area (%)|
|Total Human Footprint||31,079||61.7|
|Human-created Water Bodies||201||0.4|
FIGURE: Summary of percentage cover of total human footprint broken down by human footprint category in the Red Deer Region, circa 2016.