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4.4 Awareness and Support for Ecological Integrity

To practice effective stewardship, people and organizations need accurate, up-to-date information about environmental issues. As part of a system of national and international protected areas, national parks play an important role in educating the public about ecological integrity. Parks Canada has made communication an integral component of every goal in this management plan. This section highlights specific actions to help people understand ecological integrity and its implications.

4.4.1 Strategic Goal

Park visitors, regional citizens and Canadians understand, value and actively support ecological integrity.

4.4.2 Objective

  1. To increase awareness, understanding, appreciation and support for the conservation of the parks and the Columbia Mountains Natural Region.

4.4.3 Key Actions

  1. Establish a Transportation Advisory Committee with the aim of improving understanding and mitigation of the ecological impact of the Trans-Canada Highway and the railway.
    • include information about actions that address the environmental impact of the highway and railway and improve public safety
  2. Implement a comprehensive program for visitors, regional residents, park staff, researchers, park businesses and stakeholders, to communicate:
    • the parks’ natural and cultural values of national significance;
    • regional and local environmental issues affecting the ecological sustainability of the greater ecosystem;
    • the role of protected areas in preserving biodiversity in the parks and the larger ecosystem; and
    • the need for ecologically compatible and sustainable management on adjacent lands.
  3. Cooperate with others to deliver information through:
    • interpretation programs;
    • on-site exhibits;
    • local school programs;
    • opportunities for participation in ecological integrity research and monitoring;
    • articles in local newspapers;
    • a speakers program to communicate research results to the public, staff and stakeholders; and
    • targeted programs on specific ecological issues.
  4. Involve the public in ecological and species-at-risk research through education programs and communications.

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