Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Range Management Feasibility Study for Kunnek Resource Development Corporation.

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: physical sciences, caribou, wildlife monitoring, feasibility study, foraging, reindeer herding

Principal Investigator: Kovalench, Shelly Ann (1)
Licence Number: 13071
Organization: University of Calgary
Licenced Year(s): 1999
Issued: Jun 28, 1999
Project Team: self

Objective(s): Kunnek Resource Development Corporation (KRDC) is a private company managed by Lloyd Binder which is working towards purchasing and revitalizing the Reindeer Herd in the Beaufort-Delta Region. There are two main problems which must be addressed before revitalization can be effective. First, the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act did not address the question of access to the reindeer reserve. Second, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is concerned that revitalization may have negative impacts on the environment and the Bluenose Caribou Herd. To address these concerns, KRDC has proposed to develop a GIS to generate discussion and provide direction towards an effective co-management program potentially with the Inuvialuit Game Council, Wildlife Management Advisory Council and Government of the Northwest Territories. When implemented, the GIS may be used to effectively track reindeer and caribou movements within the reserve area, analyze forage quality, and store information to enhance decision-making to aid in the sustainable development of the reindeer industry. The objective of this project is to conduct a feasibility study on the use of GIS as a tool for long-term monitoring of the herd.

Project Description: The objective of this project is to conduct a feasibility study on the use of geographic inforamtion systems (GIS) as tools for long-term monitoring of the Reindeer herd in the Beaufort-delta region. This project will focus on research based in Inuvik using GIS equipment and library resources. Logistical requirements may potentially require travel to Richards Island, Atkinson Point and Husky Lakes by both air and overland travel on foot. Equipment to be used includes computer and scanner, mobile radios and necessary camping supplies. Data collection methodology includes interviewing (for general business information), photography, and use of secondary sources such as the Internet and the Library.