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4.5 Shared Regional Ecosystems

Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park are involved in several programs designed to exchange information and ideas and participate in integrated land use planning in the Columbia Mountains Natural Region. This type of communication allows individuals and organizations to contribute to regional sustainable land use.

4.5.1 Strategic Goal

Using an integrated approach, Parks Canada and other land managers in the Columbia Mountains Natural Region improve the health of the larger ecosystem through their protection and use of the landscape.

4.5.2 Objectives

  1. To exchange information about the issues parks face in achieving ecological integrity and the importance of the parks in the context of the larger ecosystem.
  2. To influence and participate in integrated land use and wildlife management practices within the regional ecosystem.
  3. To research, monitor, and manage federally and provincially identified species-at-risk on a cooperative basis.

4.5.3 Key Actions

  1. Complete joint research projects to assess the viability of mountain caribou, grizzly and black bear, wolverine, lichen and other sensitive indicator species.
  2. Make research and monitoring information available for decision-making (e.g., workshops and website information offered by the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology).
  3. Broaden the base of partnerships with Aboriginal people, environmental organizations, other protected areas, industry, government agencies, regional recreation clubs and ecotourism groups (e.g., Kootenay Environmental Society, Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and the Revelstoke Bear Aware Committee).
  4. Work with others who manage lands and natural resources within the Columbia Mountains (e.g., Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection).
  5. Work with other land managers to ensure that access to sensitive wildlife habitat and winter range respects wildlife objectives (e.g., to reduce female grizzly mortality and increase wolverine reproduction).
  6. Promote wider awareness of Parks Canada’s management practices (e.g., campground water treatment and initiatives to minimize bear/human conflicts).
  7. Work with the inter-agency species-at-risk recovery teams (e.g., mountain caribou).
  8. Participate on pertinent inter-agency provincial committees; advocate integrated land and wildlife management practices concerning:
    • old-growth, low-elevation cedar hemlock forests;
    • riparian restoration efforts, including sturgeon recovery;
    • maintenance of resident fish populations; and
    • enhancement of reservoir productivity.

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