The spatial analysis has determined the most suitable sites for each criteria. Spatial trends show that there are high concentrations of these features in the eastern region of the Big Tracadie River Wildlife Management Zone and it's associated buffer distance of 150 km (Figures 3-8). Each of the five criteria and three constraints are divided into corresponding factor types:
The MCE analysis generates a final suitability map identifying the most suitable sites within a 150 km2 radius around the Big Tracadie River Wildlife Management Zone (Figure 11). The six regions outlined in purple have the highest suitability for moose habitat compared to all other possible sites identified by the model and are therefore viewed as the optimal locations for moose to relocate post fire. The six optimal regions represent clusters made up of a total of 196 individual sites that are 7 km2 and are the most likely places for moose to inhabit. These regions satisfy the specific criteria identified in the model featuring extensive wetland and forested areas optimal for moose populations, in addition to being located in the Eastern Lowlands ecoregion. All six regions are located within the boundaries of the Big Tracadie Wildlife Management Zone, which was predicted due to the abundance of previous forest fire occurrences, while also being the location of the largest forest fire extent in the province of New Brunswick.
The results demonstrate that this model can be used by wildlife management, forestry departments and the government of New Brunswick to generate maps for planning and policy decisions with regards to forest fires. Moreover, it is anticipated that the information derived from this model can enable sustainable conservation of moose habitats and help aid forest fire management processes within the province of New Brunswick (Lee and Buckley, 1992).
Figure 11. The most suitable regions for moose habitat relocation upon the occurrence of a forest fire within then Big Tracadie River Wildlife Management Zone of New Brunswick, Canada. The six top regions are outlined in purple.