Posters

TOWARDS IMPROVED AREA-WIDE SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT: MODELING AND ASSESSING RECREATIONAL TRAFFICABILITY CONDITIONS WITHIN THE GHOST RIVER FOREST LAND USE ZONE, ALBERTA.
Through the wet-area mapping support received from the Alberta Sustainable Resource Department (ASRD), we have been able to develop a cross-terrain trafficability tool useful for park management. With this tool, trail planners  can project alternative trails based on a host of trafficability contraints and preferences, as these deal with, e.g.,  soil conditions, machine type, avoidance of easily rutted wet areas, minimization of stream crossings,  and controlling traffic along more easily traversed slopes, to avoid unsightly soil erosion and stream water pollution. This poster provides details for the Ghost River Forest Land-Use Zone west of Calgary, Alberta.
ENHANCED REGIONAL LAND USE PLANNING THROUGH APPLICATIONS OF LIDAR AND WAM: A RECREATIONAL EXAMPLE
This poster informs about the GIS process for recreational trail planning based on high-resolution terrain rasters , and evaluating associated risks according to user preferences, and soil-user interactions, across wide ranging terrain types. This approach involves a systematic synthesis of available data layers (DEM, DEM-derived slopes, flow channels and wet areas, soils, land-use and vegetation pattern ), assesses the mechanical footprint of the recreational vehicles (tire specifications, loads, frequency of use), and integrates each into rafficability penalty rasters. These rasters are used to automatically delineate trail locations using the least cost path algorithm. Doing so for each stated user preference produces a framework for informed decision-making with regard to selecting “sustainable” route locations.