11.0 A PLACE FOR OPEN MANAGEMENT: PARTNERSHIPS, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT, AND REGIONAL COORDINATION
As part of a national family of protected areas, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke and Rogers Pass belong to the people of Canada. All citizens should feel they have an opportunity to participate in key decisions. Parks Canada is committed to effective public involvement in planning and management through sharing information and holding meaningful local, regional and national consultations.
The sustainability of the regional ecosystem depends on cooperative solutions and common goals. Research, restoration, information, interpretation, tourism and stewardship initiatives are more successful when they are based on a common understanding of the regional ecosystem and the role of protected areas. Parks Canada and adjacent jurisdictions have worked together on issues of common concern for many years. Park staff are involved in regional planning programs with such agencies as B.C. Hydro, B.C. Ministries, Canadian Wildlife Service, Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier, Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology and the Geological Survey of Canada. Parks Canada remains committed to this type of regional coordination.
The following values and principles will guide governance and decision-making in Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park of Canada and Rogers Pass National Historic Site of Canada.
11.1 Values and Principles
- restraint and self-discipline today, for the sake of future generations
- open participatory communications
- equal opportunity for a sense of wilderness and a range of quality park experiences
- predictable, consistent and fair regulation
- competent, accountable management
- respect for others
All actions, initiatives and programs to realize the vision are implemented in full accordance with the spirit and requirements of the Canada National Parks Act, Parks Canada Guiding Principles and Operational Policies, Parks Canada Agency Act and this management plan.
Standards are defined, communicated, enforced, and reviewed to ensure the maintenance of ecological and commemorative integrity.
Regulation and decision-making are responsive, open, participatory, consistent and equitable.
There is individual and shared responsibility to protect and preserve heritage resources (e.g., working with provincial ministries and other agencies on the caribou recovery committee).
Proactive, adaptive, and precautionary management take into account cumulative effects and limits to growth in recognition of the finite nature of the parks and site.
Stewardship, based on sound science, is practised through environmentally sensitive management, mitigation and restoration.
Changes in visitor use will be evaluated using the Appropriate Use Criteria (Appendix C).
Integrity and common sense underlie all decision-making.
Planning and decision-making are coordinated on a regional basis (e.g., transportation planning).
Partnerships are encouraged, subject to appropriate checks and balances.
Parks Canada, through its operations and programs, contributes to the ecological, social, cultural and economic sustainability of the region.
The following fundamental practices guide public participation in decision-making:
- access to clear, timely, relevant, objective and accurate information;
- adequate notice and time for public review;
- careful consideration of public input;
- feedback on comments and Parks Canada’s response;
- respect for all interested parties and individual viewpoints.
11.1.1 Strategic Goals
Ecological, social, cultural and economic systems in the greater ecosystem benefit from integrated management.
Key policy, land-use and planning decisions are timely, fair and consistent, and are arrived at in an open and participatory manner.
- To commit to a philosophy of open management.
- To report on management plan implementation and obtain staff and public input annually.
- To enhance working relations with Aboriginal peoples and local communities.
- To form committees to provide advice as needed.
- To enhance communications between park management, stakeholders and interest groups.
- To increase the number of partnerships (e.g., for planning, research and program delivery).
11.1.3 Key Actions
- Organize opportunities to meet, share concerns and improve working relationships with First Nations. Begin by meeting with the people closest to the parks.
- Consult with the cooperating association and regional neighbours on areas of mutual concern, including ecological and cultural management, interpretation, heritage tourism, and visitor use.
- Provide regular progress reports on the implementation of the management plan and invite feedback.
- Prepare a State of the Park Report as input to the next management plan review.
- Consult with the public on operational plans and issues as appropriate.
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