The ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT refers to how much demand humans put on the Earth’s ecosystems.

This STANDARDIZED measurement system indicates how much is taken out of the natural environment in comparison to what the environment has available.

It represents what productive land is needed to supply our consumption and how easily the waste is assimilated.

At WOLF MOUNTAIN, we take our ecological footprint very seriously.

The drill site reclamation criterion in Canada has historically been based on a paradigm of bringing land back to its original state.

Unfortunately, this paradigm has treated all landscapes as equivalent and therefore has not addressed differences in ecological function, land use, or economic opportunities associated with unique land types (forests, wetlands, grasslands, agricultural land).

As a result, previous drill site reclamation criterion has been successful in protecting reclaimed drill sites on forested land from soil loss by erosion, but has been unsuccessful in restoring their ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION or natural ability to grow a forest.

All drill sites drilled and abandoned on forested land in Canada during the 1960’s through much of the 1990’s have generally been very slow to recover back to natural forest. Many sites have remained relatively barren of trees, while densely populated areas have been tremendously affected.

Our goal for every project is to go beyond best practices for drill site construction and reclamation on forested lands within each region and project. In other words, we’re not trying to reach an average set by the industry; we are trying to go far beyond it. We know this will enable healthy re-vegetation and accelerate recovery of ecological processes. The result will be functioning forests that contribute to both the ecological and economic health of Canada.

Wolf Mountain investigated all potential practices to improve our reclamation success. In order to minimize disturbances in terms of ecological recovery we addressed three main questions:

• What factors lead to impaired site productivity or ecological impairment?
• Can these factors be mitigation construction phase?
• Can these factors be mitigated during reclamation?
We create an action plan for every project. This enables Wolf Mountain to leave the tiniest possible ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT.

SPECIFIC STEPS TAKEN TO MINIMIZE OUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
Equipment/materials
• Lightweight, rubber tracked, self-mobilizing drill that creates less than 3lbs/square foot ground pressure
• Bio-degradable polymers and down hole mixtures only

Process
• We only cut 6-8 foot wide access trails to drill sites, and limit the use of equipment while building roads

• Limited water use (2 gal/minute)