Progress Report on Implementation of the Recommendations of the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks

"We will advance park values more actively by participating in local and regional processes which may affect the ecological integrity of national parks, and by building partnerships and cooperative arrangements that respect constitutionally-defined jurisdictions." (Action Plan)

Progress to Date
  • As noted in the response to the action above, numerous examples of collaborative efforts are under way related to local and regional processes. Examples include:
    • Cape Breton Highlands is initiating a research program on moose, involving the province and the Aboriginal community. In addition, the park superintendent is a member of the management committee for planning and consultation for a large adjacent provincial protected area.
    • La Mauricie, Pacific Rim and the Kootenay/Yoho/Lake Louise Field Units have established positions to work with stakeholders on regional ecosystem issues and to build relationships with regional stakeholders.
    • Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks continue to collaborate on the Golden Access Management Plan, Mountain Caribou Study and the Kootenay Boundary Land Use Planning Process.
    • Waterton has supported the Nature Conservancy of Canada in fund-raising efforts to support decisions by local private land owners to limit development potential on their lands.
    • Fundy is working with the Village of Alma and the provincial government toward the development of a brown water treatment facility using hydroponics.
    • Terra Nova is participating in the development of ecosystem-based forest management and operating plans to reflect multiple values and is a partner with the province in pine marten recovery planning.
    • Kejimkujik staff are working with provincial agencies, the Canadian Wildlife Service and universities on transboundary species at risk management.
    • Pacific Rim has engaged industry and the provincial Ministry of Forests to establish planning and forestry protocols in watersheds outside the national park to promote protection of endangered species, wildlife habitats and hydroriparian zones, as well as the landscape restoration of formerly logged areas, advancing the ecological integrity of the park while promoting a greater ecosystem approach in Canada's newest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
    • Gwaii Haanas is a participant in an interagency planning team through the long-range management planning process for the Queen Charlotte Islands.
    • Grasslands is a member of several endangered species recovery teams, has implemented a Prairie Grow Program with local volunteers and is working with local farmers to revegetate cultivated lands.
    • Jasper has been directly involved in the environmental assessment of the proposed Cheviot Mine and Gros Morne is heavily involved in the planning of land use and forest operations in the Main River watershed.
    • La Mauricie is a participant in the "inhabited forest" pilot concept which involves integrated resource management of resources in public forests near urban centres. In addition, collaborative black bear and wolf studies are being carried out in partnership with universities. Prescribed burn programs within the park are taking place with the active collaboration of SOPFEU (Socité de protection des forêts contre les incendies).
    • Pukaskwa participated in and advocated changes to the White River Forest Management Plan.
    • Staff in Georgian Bay Islands continue to be proactive in the advocacy of the park's objectives for the greater park ecosystem, by participating actively in ongoing provincial land management initiatives such as Lands for Life, and in private initiatives such as providing ecological advice on a proposed campsite development by the Beausoleil First Nation.

    Next Steps

    • Parks Canada staff will further expand on the development of horizontal linkages with other federal departments and agencies, and other levels of government in dealing with resource management issues, to the extent that resources permit. For example, Jasper will be expanding its collaborative program with Alberta Environment and Environment Canada to mitigate impacts of Highway 40 on the west central caribou herd of Alberta.
    • Continued collaboration on initiatives like the ones listed above; new resources are being sought to enhance these efforts.

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