Disturbance and Recovery Trajectories (DART) by Tim Vinge

DART is an acronym that stands for Disturbance and Recovery Trajectories

It’s time we face reality my friends… We’re not exactly rocket scientists.”

Let’s get started anyways


Presentation Outline

  1. Introduction to restoration planning.
  2. The concept of DART
  3. Building the DART board
  4. Strategic opportunities for DART modeling
  5. Tactical opportunities for DART
  6. Summary comments and questions

Summary Comments

  1. DART will be used at the tactical and strategic planning levels in combination with other land use considerations (recreation, energy, forestry, wildlife) to formulate restoration plans.
  2. Vegetation recovery is based on the original disturbance, subsequent line usage and the ecosite.
  3. Some lines will come back fairly quickly and some very slowly. We have to sort out the wheat from the chaff so to speak.
  4. Models will be very useful for making strategic decisions on where to focus efforts for line restoration (caribou).
  5. Treatments will vary by ecosite. DART will help ensure that the correct treatments are being used.
  6. We have enough knowledge and experience to build DART.
  7. DART will form an important part of future landscape assessments.
  8. Dart is only a part of a more comprehensive landscape evaluation and planning program.

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Forest Industry Perspective – Land management and analytics by Gordon Whitmore

Our goal is to operationalize ILM and  work together to reduce our footprint, promote sustainability and remain profitable.

Today’s Discussion

  • Forest Resource Management
  • Multiple Use
  • Integrated Land Management
  • Opportunities

 Guiding Principles

  • Maintain Biological Diversity
  • Maintain Ecosystem Productivity
  • Protect Soil and Water
  • Consider Global Ecological Cycles
  • Multiple Benefits to Society
  • Accepting Society’s Responsibility for Sustainable Development


  • Cumulative effects
  • Different degrees of planning between industry sectors & between government departments
  • Clarification of public priorities for forest lands
  • Local forest companies continue to explore ILM opportunities with other land users.
  • Forestry, Data and Analytics
  • Large datasets
  • If you can see it, we likely measure it and store the data in our systems
  • Stratification used to overcome data storage and computing limitations
  • Stratification used to reduce computation load
  • Development of robust forest models
  • what-if analysis
  • Management plans


  • LiDAR
  • Hyperspectral imagery
  • Computer generated classification
  • Tree-level
  • Wet-Areas Mapping

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Ecosystem Services and Conservation Offsets-Carol Bettac

The benefits that people obtain from the environment (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005)

Alberta’s History

  • Dramatic change in its landscapes
  • Energy, forestry, agriculture and urban development
  • Competition for land  and resources between sectors
  • Environmental challenges – limits are being approached; reputation
  • Water quality, habitat loss and fragmentation of the landscape; greenhouse gases
  • Social license to operate
  • Biodiversity, water, and green house gases new drivers of innovation and competitiveness

Alberta’s Policy

  • Land Use Framework 2008
  • Enables development and use of conservation and stewardship tools, including market based instruments
  • Conservation offsets, transfer of development credits
  • Water for Life 2008
  • Guides water allocation and management
  • Provincial Energy Strategy 2008
  • Global energy leader, recognized s a responsible world class energy supplier

Two Projects

  • Alberta’s Bio Resource Information Management System
    • Silvacomand Green Analytics
  • Ecosystem Services Assessment
    • Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
  • Collaborators:
    • Alberta Innovates
    • Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency
    • Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
    • Silvacomand Green Analytics
    • MiistakisInstitute
    • Government of Alberta

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