Management Plan

10.0 LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT UNITS

Overview map of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks landscape management units.
Overview map of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks landscape management units.
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Previous chapters set out a strategy for protection, visitor services and decision-making for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier as a whole. Managing these large and diverse natural areas also requires an attention to detail not possible on such a large scale. To allow for more detailed planning and management, Parks Canada has divided the parks into seven smaller areas called Landscape Management Units (LMUs). Objectives and actions for each LMU are specific to that area and are consistent with the overall goals and objectives of the management plan.

Mount Revelstoke and Glacier have seven LMUs. Their boundaries reflect a variety of factors  – ecological similarity, connectivity, infrastructure, and the type and amount of human use.

Southwest Glacier, East Glacier, North Glacier, Mount Revelstoke Backcountry – are the largest LMUs. Their wilderness nature is characterized by low levels of human use, no motorized access and few facilities. Where facilities exist, they are rustic, low-key and compatible with their natural surroundings. Visitors are self-reliant and seek solitude.

High Use Backcountry – these wilderness areas are more accessible and have more visitors and facilities. Facilities are still rustic and very primitive.

Transportation Corridor and Frontcountry, Mount Revelstoke Parkway – these are much busier units with vehicle access and more facilities. The design of facilities and services still reflect the rustic and natural wilderness character of the parks.

10.1 Ecological, Cultural, and Visitor Experience Objectives

In managing the LMUs, Parks Canada integrates ecological, cultural, and visitor experience objectives.

  • Ecological objectives include considerations about current and potential stresses and wildlife use (e.g., movement corridors, significant or rare habitats and the potential for human-caused wildlife displacement).
  • Cultural objectives reflect considerations about maintaining and presenting historic features such as bridges, culverts and cultural landscapes.
  • Visitor experience objectives improve Parks Canada’s ability to satisfy visitors by matching expectations with the available opportunities for experiences. They address benefits and opportunities including facilities, natural and cultural settings, services, and interaction with other visitors. They are based on visitor expectations, opportunities for solitude and self-reliance, interpretation, infrastructure, cultural resources and appropriate activities.

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