Forest Health Monitoring:
The WBEA Forest Health Monitoring Network of 25 stand-level, ecologically analogous, jack pine sites are located close to and distant from emission sources.Measurement and sampling of jack pine plots occurs every six years for indicators of exposure to air emissions and deposition including:
- Morphological measurements of jack pine trees
- Collection of soils, needles and lichens for chemical analysis
- Vegetation community composition
Every year these sites are assessed for insect and disease incidence and severity.Laboratory analyses, data entry and data quality assurance/quality control are complete for the 2011 measurements. The dataset from 1996 through to 2011 is reported on through the State of the Forest Report (COMING SOON!).
In 2012, TEEM established an 18-site network of jack pine edge plots, to be sampled every three years for early detection of indicator changes relating to changes in air quality.
The TEEM Forest Health Monitoring Program Procedures Manual is based upon scientific literature and protocols and contains all relevant plot details, field procedures, standard operating protocols and laboratory analysis procedures.
Peat Land Monitoring:
A TEEM project examining peat land responses to nitrogen and sulphur deposition is complete. The goal of the project was to determine suitable indicators of peat land responses to deposition. The project includes measurement of net sphagnum production, nitrate, ammonia and sulphate, carbon, nitrogen and sulphur, as well as lichen richness and diversity.
Traditional Environmental Knowledge:
TEEM continues to work with the Berry Focus Group of Fort McKay to build a berry monitoring program that integrates traditional and western scientific indicators of berry abundance and quality. Field trips, to share knowledge and gather berries for evaluation against traditional and scientific criteria, are an important component of the program.