From the Wildlife Society:

Efforts to restore seismic survey lines, which cut through huge swaths of western Canadian land, to their more natural state may improve caribou habitat. But these restoration efforts may also make moose less likely to use some areas.

The oil and gas industry cuts seismic lines through the boreal forest while surveying for fossil fuels. Older seismic lines were made using large wood chippers that cut kilometers-long paths a little narrower than a single-lane road straight through the trees. These machines—and subsequent traffic on these paths by ATV users—compact the ground. As a result, the forest doesn’t grow back the same way as it would in these areas compared to areas cleared by natural wildfires.


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