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Management Plan

Table 1: Indicators of Ecological Integrity
Native Biodiversity Caribou population size Positive trend1 Regional Ecosystem
Number of non-indigenous plant species; abundance of non-indigenous plant species Reduction in number and abundance Transportation Corridor
Wolverine, grizzly bear and mountain goat population size Obtain information to determine current trend in population size and establish targets Regional Ecosystem
Number of actions and spatial extent of management interference with natural ecosystem processes Negative trend in interference in natural processes2 National Park
Terrestrial Ecosystem Health Area of old-growth and riparian forests No reduction in area due to park practices and decision-making3 National Park
Residual soil contamination from substance spills along highway and railway Contaminants cleaned up within 24 hours and contamination at background levels after clean-up Transportation Corridor
Number of wildlife attractant spills; time between spill and clean-up Negative trend in number of spills and clean-up response time Transportation Corridor
Aquatic Ecosystem Health Water quality Water quality meets or exceeds all applicable national or provincial standards for aquatic life and human health National Park
Area of functioning wetland with stable beaver and/or amphibian populations No net loss of wetland habitat National Park
Residual sediment and water contamination from substance spills along highway and railway Toxic spills, and other contaminants cleaned up within 24 hours and contamination at background levels after clean-up Transportation Corridor
Stewardship Number of collaborative arrangements for planning, assessment, research, monitoring, data-sharing and management Increased participation in collaborative management initiatives Regional Ecosystem
Number of recovery plans implemented Recovery plans in place and implemented for all COSEWIC listed species Regional Ecosystem
Number of human-caused wildlife mortalities; problem wildlife removals Negative trend in mortalities and removals National Park
Awareness and Support for Ecological Integrity Ecological integrity content in heritage presentation services All in-park heritage presentation services and outreach programs provide this content

Collect information to establish baseline for third party programs. (Interim target)

All heritage presentation programs and services offered by third parties provide this content
Regional Ecosystem

1 A target population size will be determined following completion of the North Kootenay regional recovery plan for this population

2 Except where:

i) there will be serious adverse effects on neighbouring lands or
ii) major park facilities, public health or safety will be threatened
iii) the objectives of a park management plan prescribing how certain natural features or cultural resources are to be maintained cannot be achieved.

3 Except if restoring natural process

As Parks Canada works toward the preceding goals and objectives and when the actions have been implemented, Glacier National Park and Mount Revelstoke National Park will retain their rugged, wild character. The parks’ natural and cultural legacy will be enjoyed by visitors and preserved for future generations. The parks will harbour a natural abundance and diversity of native plants and animals. Species-at-risk such as mountain caribou, grizzly bear, wolverine and western toad will have stable or increasing populations and no additional species or habitat will become at risk. Intact landscapes and natural processes will support a self-sustaining biological community representative of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region.

Maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity, through the protection of natural resources and natural processes, shall be the first priority when considering all aspects of the management of the parks. The highway, the railway, and park facilities will operate in a manner that does not threaten ecological integrity and demonstrates leadership in ecologically sensitive operations and management. All people that work in the parks will understand the importance of ecological integrity and support the concept through their actions.

Because the parks represent a small portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region, park staff will work with managers of adjacent lands to enhance the health of the larger ecosystem. Park staff will exchange information with park visitors, First Nations, regional residents, and stakeholders and work towards a common understanding of and value for ecological integrity in the parks and the regional ecosystem.

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