Online Library of Forest Restoration Techniques and Science

Virtual Tours

These virtual tours and silviculture toolkit were created to provide a go-to location for information about forest restoration in the oil sands region. Showcasing a suite of guided, 360-degree virtual tours with pictures and commentary presented through a series of videos, fact sheets and guidebooks, the project uniquely illustrates progressive restoration techniques. 

“This toolkit was developed to provide the context and content and show the why and how of best practices in restoration,” says COSIA Land director Jack O’Neill. 

This site and toolkit materials will help build capacity among operators and managers, potentially leading to better outcomes for boreal forest restoration. The site’s interactive 360-degree pictures can be clicked and dragged by the viewer to see the imagery from different perspectives. Combined with voiceover and text information, the virtual tours and toolkit website offers a wide breadth of detailed virtual reality that takes online learning in the sector to the next level.

The objective of the online library is to provide a go-to location from which to access an extensive information cache about forest restoration. The environmental benefits include global access to high-quality Canadian forest restoration and land reclamation knowledge, instruction that will help build capacity among operators and managers and lead to better outcomes on disturbed land sites— in Canada and anywhere else in the world.

The library features examples of challenging sites and how restoration techniques can help solve the unique challenges of each site. It shows visual evidence of sites seven to 10 years after treatment, so that the viewer can see how sound decisions produce positive outcomes in the long term. 

The wide selection of interactive 360-degree images and videos, fact sheets and guidebooks address subjects such as linear restoration, site preparation techniques (such as mixing and scalping, soil salvage, mounding, and vegetation management), soil decompaction, chemical and biological vegetation control, restoring forest cover, planting trees on oil sands exploration sites and much more.

This online initiative was carried out by COSIA member companies led by Cenovus Energy Inc., in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada.

Interested in stories like these? See also:
•    First four years of a young boreal forest  
•    The Oil Sand Vegetation Cooperative  
•    Compensation lakes give fish a new home  

For more information about work underway by COSIA members to be world leaders in land management, see other projects in our Land priority area. 

Innovators, if you have technology solutions that could potentially help reduce oil sands exploration footprints, check out COSIA’s Innovation Opportunity for Land

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