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Forestry practice inspired by wildfire could help save grizzly bears, study shows

Wednesday, August 28, 2019   (0 Comments)

A shift in how Alberta forests are managed could benefit grizzly bears, according to new research from the University of Alberta.

New findings show that local food supply for the animals increases when trees are harvested in irregular patches rather than clear-cut squares or rectangles. Known as retention forestry, the practice—which the provincial government is in the process of adopting—creates uneven edges and patches of retained trees that are rich in plant species used by bears.