The results of this environmental assessment lead to the conclusion that, on the basis of the knowledge currently available, the development concept adopted for this site is acceptable in terms of both the environment and heritage. As a whole, the plan’s strategic guidance is consistent with Parks Canada’s mandate and management policies. However, this examination has brought out major concerns with respect to protecting cultural and natural resources alike. By the same token, a number of potential conflicts between preserving commemorative integrity and protecting natural heritage have been signaled. A zoning plan similar to that described in the Parks Canada document titled Guiding Principles and Operational Policies could quite possibly solve, or at least attenuate these conflicts. This measure has indeed been recommended in the management plan, but will be fleshed out when this document is next updated.
The potential negative impacts of greatest concern can be mitigated by using known techniques and methods or other time-tested means. In-depth environmental assessments should be conducted at a future planning stage, once projects and implementation phasing have been sufficiently defined. Thus, in strategic terms, the environmental assessment has indicated that the directions adopted for developing this site will not represent obstacles to achieving the objectives of ensuring commemorative integrity and protecting natural heritage resources.
Summary of the environmental assessment
Conformity with strategic directions
Identification of impact sources and assessment of concerns