Next week in Brandon, signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) will join discussions about “21st Century Moose Management and Human Dimensions”. The event is the 50th Moose Conference & Workshop, and 8th International Moose Symposium. It runs from Sept 6th to 10th at Brandon’s Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. The conference is an opportunity for moose managers, researchers and students from national and international organizations to present technical papers and discuss current issues and research in moose conservation and management. It is also an opportunity to have moose experts identify knowledge gaps and how current knowledge can be applied to sustainable management practices.
People will gather from approximately 12 countries across the northern hemisphere of North America, Europe and Asia. Many attendees are internationally recognized in the field of moose management and research. The Journal Alces, Manitoba Sustainable Development, Parks Canada Agency and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation are hosting the event.
Why is the CBFA interested in moose in particular? We work to develop solutions that help ensure a sustainable future for the boreal forest, our forestry industry and for those whose livelihoods rely on the forest. Although not an endangered species, moose is a regionally significant species of interest and a priority for many boreal forest communities.
Independent science is used to inform the CBFA’s work to find solutions. At this conference we’ll be highlighting a report commissioned by recognized experts on the ecology, status and vulnerabilities of moose, and how they relate to forest management and conservation planning efforts. This report, entitled Boreal Priority Species – Moose: Additional Consideration for Conservation Planning will be featured at a CBFA display. It contains moose management measures developed with input from retired Government of Manitoba ungulate biologist and current conference organizer, Vince Crichton.
Information on forestry practices aimed at reducing the differences between natural and managed forest landscapes will also be available at the CBFA display.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to share information, and the discussions to come. Watch for our tweets from the event, with hashtag #Moose2016.
Diane Roddy is the co-ordinator for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement’s Goal 1 National Working Group.