Habitat and Population Modeling
WII has created habitat supply models to forecast the availability, quality, and distribution of critical habitats for
species such as caribou and mountain goats. To extend the value of the habitat models, we create population models
that forecast the response of an animal population under differing landscape management scenarios.
Our models are created in a workshop setting with species experts and stakeholders to ensure that all available
knowledge is incorporated. This approach also encourages critical stakeholder involvement in planning.
The GIS department at WII specializes in spatial database preparation, spatial data management, GIS project
management, data modeling, and innovative cartographic production. We use industry standard software (ESRI,
Netica, SELES, Microsoft) for data input layer acquisition, validation, creation, and analysis.
Our customization capabilities range from simple geoprocessing scripts to sophisticated habitat supply models
integrating several software packages.
Data Management and Analysis
Proper data organization and large storage capacity are key to meeting the demands of our clientele.
For the past 6 years, WII has collected inventory and spatial information for projects ranging in size from a
few hectares to over 12 million hectares.
The data management procedures we have developed to handle this volume of data provide a solid base from which to
conduct a wide range of analyses. Our staff is experienced in designing and applying resource-based analyses to
produce robust, dependable results that meet your information needs.
Applied Research and Development
WII is primarily associated with the development and verification of decision tools to support explicit and
transparent use of science. In fact, more than half of our annual resources are dedicated to improving these
tools as this relatively young field evolves.
As a member and research associate of the
Resources North Association, WII has access to a broad network of researchers. We leverage this resource
to build interdisciplinary research teams that cooperatively design our decision support tools.
Natural Resource Planning
WII provides support for the planning renewable resource extraction using our standard inventory and habitat
monitoring tools. This helps our clients fulfill their planning obligations and can sometimes form the substantive
basis for development permits.
Our habitat supply models are also useful in supporting the development of multiple resource value management
Fish and Wildlife Inventory
When planning your resource extraction operation, accurate biological information is a must. WII's experienced
field staff provide year-round fish and wildlife field data collection services.
For operational purposes we
can provide you with stream classifications, environmental monitoring, and listed species surveys. In a
conservation/scientific context, we offer services such as animal censuses, telemetry, mortality investigations,