Transplanting lichen to grow food for threatened caribou


Researchers are exploring the transplanting of lichen as a potential tool for caribou habitat restoration. Natural disturbance, resource development, and land-use changes have resulted in a reduced availability of this important, yet slow-growing food source for caribou. This project is seeking to shorten the time frame for regeneration – early results show that transplanted lichen is persisting with minimal to no signs of stress.

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