Land suitability analysis for harvest species using a multi -criteria and GIS approach in northern Saskatchewan
Aina, Olorunifemi Olalekan
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For sustainable plant harvesting, a land suitability analysis is essential to maximize the use of existing land resources. In the study area, the most urgent problem was finding the most suitable place that will support chanterelles and junipers, this is because among the most economically relevant plants in northern Saskatchewan, chanterelle and juniper are very under-harvested due to inadequate strategic harvesting (Boreal heartland 2021). Through the application of geospatial technology, this study developed a suitability map for the harvest of chanterelle and juniper in specific zones. Therefore, to overcome this challenge, a geospatial approach involving the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), Weighted Overlay Analysis (WOA) and the Pairwise Comparison Matrix method (PCM) were applied. In accordance with reclassification and weight overlay analyses by Food and Agricultural Organizational guidelines (FAO, 1993), the study area was divided into five appropriate chanterelle and juniper zones. Based on the analysis of the study area, the individual factors indicated the most important factors to the growth of both species are edaphological (soil texture) 30.1%, climatological (rainfall) 29.4%, topological (elevation and slope) 22% and physiological (fire history and landcover) 18.4%. Consequently, this shows that, 58% of the land (12,378.60 km2) was determined to be highly suited, 31% (6,654.82 km2) to be moderately suited, and 11% of the study area (2,449.27 km2) to be poorly suited for juniper growth. Furthermore, the analyzed results indicate that 36% of the land area (7,641.72 km2) was assessed as highly suited for the growth of chanterelle mushrooms, 56% (12,136.62 km2) was assessed as moderately suited, and 8% (1,724 km2) was assessed as poorly suited. At the local level, this study provided information about chanterelle and juniper farming land and suitability. This information could be used by the boreal heartland of northern Saskatchewan, farmers, investors, and governments to determine the most promising areas for chanterelle and juniper farming to maximize export earnings.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
DepartmentGeography and Planning
CommitteeWilmshurst, John; Diab, Ehab; Liu, Juxin
Land suitability, AHP, Chanterelle and Juniper growth, weight overlay analysis