Lake Louise Corridor Modelling and Planning Tool

The modelling and planning tool was developed to quantify the predicted effectiveness of the Fairview and Whitehorn wildlife corridors based on the quality and quantity of connectivity habitat.  The tool was created using the ALCES Online landscape simulation platform, and assessed current connectivity habitat as well as the consequences of land use scenarios that cause changes to infrastructure, vegetation, and spatiotemporal human use patterns in the region. Identification of least cost paths for Grizzly Bear, Wolf, and Wolverine required the definition of resistance layers describing the cost to wildlife of moving through the study area and the subsequent application of the resistance layers to identify least cost paths.