Habitat fragmentation, forest management practices, invasive species, climate change — these are some of the challenges facing the planet’s terrestrial ecosystems.

ESSA provides terrestrial resource managers with flexible and adaptive decision making tools to deal with the complexity and uncertainty inherent in managing terrestrial ecosystems. These techniques include the development of conceptual and simulation models and tools, workshop and technical meeting facilitation, data analysis, experimental design/decision analysis, research planning, policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring programs, as well as communication and training.

ESSA’s terrestrial ecosystem sciences team has many years of experience in the design, development, and application of terrestrial ecosystem models at the stand, landscape, and national scales. These models are used to project how ecosystem dynamics and resource management actions affect terrestrial habitat structure and composition, which in turn influence wildlife habitat, biodiversity, invasive species, forest health, hydrology, biogeochemical cycles, grazing systems and much more.

Our team combines resource management expertise in the areas of wildlife biology, forestry, fisheries, range management, invasive species, ecology, mathematics, computer science and wood science. Many of our reports are published in the peer-reviewed literature.

Our services include:

  • Landscape modelling (using TELSA and VDDT)
  • Forestry stand level simulation tools (FVS and Prognosis)
  • National-scale carbon budget models (CBM-CFS2)
  • Timber and non-timber resource assessment models
  • Wildlife population modelling
  • Integrated ecosystem management (watersheds, coastal zones)
  • State-of-Science reports