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Skeena River Watershed Conservation Project
Cortex has been contracted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Canada to develop an approach for managing water values and resource development, using existing land management objectives and scenarios about possible future conditions. The project is being conducted in partnership with Coast Tsimshian Resources (CTR), a forest products enterprise wholly owned by the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation. CTR manages Tree Farm License #1 (TFL 1), and is a major producer in the region. The project encompasses three major watersheds in the Skeena River Basin: the Kalum River, Zygometz River, and Lakelse groups-and those portions of TFL 1 that extend outside these major watersheds.
Services: Since 2009, Cortex's team has been working with WWF-Canada and CTR to identify key values that are of interest to the local region. This information is being integrated into a spatially-explicit modeling framework that projects potential development patterns (including forestry, run of the river hydro-electric projects, and mining) forward 100 years in time, integrating climate change scenarios, to produce outputs that provide an indication of how local values may be impacted by different development scenarios.
Outcomes: Scheduled for completion in mid 2011, the project outputs will be useful for informing regional development decisions and providing opportunities for collaboration between industries to reduce development impacts.