Integrated Landscape Management is a featured theme of Innovation
This week,. find out how TrueNorth Energy's president David Park and Alberta's-Pacific's president Bill Hunter are working together to incorporate the principles of Integrated Landscape Management into their oil sands and forestry operations.
And with funding from AHFMR, U of A economist Dr. James Smythe researches equity in health care financing.
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ITEM:1TITLE: David Park, President and Chief Executive Officer, TrueNorth Energy LP
SUBJECT: #51 TrueNorth Energy is trying something different to reduce its footprint on the forest landscape
SYNOPSIS: The explosion in oil sands activity in northeastern Alberta highlights a growing conflict with the forest industry as well as our ability to maintain the ecological sustainability of the boreal forest. That's why TrueNorth Energy is trying something different to reduce its footprint on the forest landscape. As TrueNorth Energy's CEO David Park explains, his company has adopted the principles of Integrated Landscape Management. This means TrueNorth will work in cooperation with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries, the FMA holder in the region, to coordinate their activities. This includes building shared roads, planning the harvest of trees around the schedule of oil sands acitivity, and conducting reclamation in a manner that returns the land to viable forest. This saves money for both companies and reduces the cumulative impacts on the forest.
ITEM:2TITLE: Bill Hunter, President and Chief Operating Officer, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc
SUBJECT: #51 How Alberta-Pacific changed the way they impact the land
SYNOPSIS: When Alberta-Pacific's President Bill Hunter took a look at projections for the impact of new energy activity in his company's forest management area in northeastern Alberta, he knew something had to be done quickly to change the situation. The forest was losing almost as many trees to seismic lines, cutlines, roads and wellsites as it was to logging. The cumulative impact would soon be devastating to both the economic viability of his company as well as the ecological sustainability of the boreal forest. Working with a team of biologists and foresters, and armed with an innovative science-based concept called Integrated Landscape Management, Bill Hunter set out to change the way industries do business on the land.
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. James Smythe, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #51 Dr. James Smythe has embarked on a new study which will look at equity in health care financing in Alberta
SYNOPSIS: As the cost of health care soars, the question of how society will keep up has risen to the top of the political agenda. U of A economist Dr. James Smythe has embarked on a new study which will look at equity in health care financing in Alberta. Funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, the study will survey how people pay the bill for health care (through taxes, private insurance plans and out of pocket expenses for drugs and other services) and the impact this has on families with different levels of income. While these comparative studies have been done in Europe and the United States, James' study will be the first in Canada that researches the equity issue.