Projects

Below are highlights of current and past projects on which Joro Consultants Inc. has provided research and consulting services

​Current Projects
  • Manitoba Hydro, Primary Consultant: Mammal Monitoring, Licencing and Environmental Assessment Department

  • Manitoba Infrastructure: Project 6 All Season Road, Wildlife Component, Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Responses

  • Manitoba Sustainable Development: Caribou Data Analysis

  • University of Manitoba: Wildlife Management Plan

  • Manitoba Infrastructure: P1 Wildlife Monitoring Plan

  • Manitoba Infrastructure: Caribou and Predators Baseline & Monitoring

  • Black River First Nation: Health Canada climate effects on wildlife & community health using ALCES-online

Current Corporate Responsibility Projects
  • Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve - ALCES-online: Ecosystem Monitoring Plan

  • University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, ALCES: Services and Support

Past Projects
  • Manitoba East Side Road Authority: Wildlife Monitoring and Baseline Data Acquisition for Projects 2, 5 and 6 (2015 - present)

  • Manitoba East Side Road Authority: Wildlife Monitoring and Baseline Data Acquisition for Projects 3-3a, 4 and 7a (2013 - 2017)

  • Manitoba East Side Road Authority: Wildlife Monitoring Plans for Project 1, 4 and 7a (2016 - present)

  • Manitoba East Side Road Authority: Wildlife Effects and Mitigation Studies for Project 1 (2016 - present)

  • Manitoba Hydro: Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment (2015 - 2017)

  • Manitoba East Side Road Authority: Wildlife Monitoring Plan (2010 - 2013)

  • Manitoba Hydro: Bipole III Transmission Line Project (2009 - 2013)

  • Manitoba Hydro: Wuskwatim Transmission Line Project (2006 - 2013)

  • Manitoba Hydro: Wuskwatim Transmission Line Monitoring: Transmission Lines and Trap Lines: A Pilot Project (2010 - 2012)

  • Pointe du Bois Spillway Project - Generating Station Modernization Project: Bird and Mammal Monitoring: Pointe du Bois Generating Station Replacement on the Winnipeg River to junction of PTH 315 (2007 - 2012)

  • Manitoba Hydro Northwest Angle No. 33 Distribution Line Project: Distribution Line extending from Moose Lake (SE Manitoba) to Northwest Angle No. 33 in northwestern Ontario (2011 - 2012)

For a complete list of past projects, please contact our office.

Community Engagement

To date, literature research indicates there are insufficient data and known gaps in science-based and Traditional Knowledge via trappers, and therefore misconceptions by trappers regarding the effects of linear corridor development on trapping and furbearer abundance and distribution could be misconstrued. In general, trappers are not only dependent on furbearers for a significant portion of their livelihood, but they also trap to maintain the tradition and cultural importance of the trade; therefore, it is important to assess the potential future effects that Linear corridor development, may have on the local trapping communities.

The purpose of the TPP is to initiate trapper involvement in the research and monitoring activities of furbearers to acquire baseline data, and to assess the potential future effects of Linear corridor development construction and operation on furbearer distribution and trapline harvest. The TPP was developed with the specific intent to incorporate local trapper knowledge in monitoring and research activities and to promote collaboration with the local trapping community. Joro Consultants Inc. (Joro) worked collaboratively with local community members and trappers to develop this program.

Compliance with humane trapping standards and use of approved humane trapping equipment was outlined by the team as an important component of participation. Trapping regulations in Manitoba are based on the obligations of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS), which is an international agreement outlining standards to ensure that trappers select the most humane and efficient method possible to capture furbearers (Manitoba Conservation, 2011). In accordance with provincial and international standards, only traps and methods meeting AIHTS are to be used for the trapping of furbearers.

 

Trappers were provided a trapper journal for the purposes of recording furbearer trapping efforts/successes along their RTLs during the trapping season. Trappers were requested to record their catches and observations of furbearer distribution and abundance. Completed journals were returned to Joro at the end of the trapping season and reviewed with the trapper (or the CC) for clarification of results. Trappers were provided with a hand-held GPS unit and a digital pocket camera to record locations of traps and furbearer observations made during the study.