Research and monitoring

Pukaskwa National Park

According to the Canada National Parks Act, the law governing national parks in Canada, "Ecological Integrity" means, with respect to a park, "...a condition that is determined to be characteristic of its natural region and likely to persist, including abiotic components and the composition and abundance of native species and biological communities, rates of change and supporting processes."

In plain language, ecosystems have integrity when they have their native components intact, including water, rocks, plants, animals, fire and flooding. Ecological Integrity is assessed through the Park’s long term monitoring and reporting program.

Research and monitoring

Knowledge of the state of ecological integrity for the entire park, and of the condition of coastal ecosystems, is improved through ecological monitoring of key indicators.


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