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Amphibious Vehicles:

Restoring habitat faster

These new machines are designed to speed up the return to boreal forest.

Caribou are an important species in northern Alberta. Oil sands companies are working hard to protect them by restoring their habitat. However, much of the land is muskeg, a swamp-like boreal forest that’s difficult to access. Using amphibious vehicles for habitat restoration is a first, and may be a game-changer. These vehicles have the potential to do restoration work in any season, at a faster pace, a lower cost and with minimal environmental impact.

Until now, restoration work was limited to two winter months, because the heavy equipment that traditionally does this task can only operate on frozen ground. But amphibious vehicles can operate almost anywhere, anytime. Equipped with an extra-large undercarriage filled with air, similar to pontoons, these vehicles can safely navigate swampy terrain. On water, they float. On land, they exert no more pressure than a human foot. Tests showed that amphibious vehicles can restore more than two times the area of land per day compared to standard machines. It’s hoped that this will dramatically speed up the return to boreal forest. Which is good news for the caribou.

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“Do amphibious vehicles ever get stuck?”
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“Do amphibious vehicles ever get stuck?”

They have never been stuck in our trials, and we don’t anticipate that they will get stuck in this application.

“What kind of duties can an amphibious vehicle do?”

The amphibious excavators we used can do all the same earth moving activities as conventional excavators, except they can also work on the very wet bog or swamp terrain that is common in the boreal forest.

“How heavy are the amphibious vehicles?”

We have used three different types of amphibious excavators in our trials. They range in weight from 5 tonnes to 20 tonnes.