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Terrestrial Ecosystem Management

Gwaii Haanas staff engaged in monitoring activities © Parks Canada / Neil Osborne

Gwaii Haanas covers approximately 1,500 km2 of land, including the southern end of Moresby Island and over 200 smaller islands and islets.

Some 1,700km of shoreline is punctuated by streams draining some 780 small watersheds, of which 100 support spawning salmon.

Protecting the natural heritage of Gwaii Haanas is a key management goal and will ensure that the ecological integrity of Gwaii Haanas is maintained.

Parks Canada and its partners are committed to maintaining the ecological integrity of Gwaii Haanas.

Monitoring plants in the dune areas of Gwaii Haanas © Parks Canada / Neil Osborne

A long-term monitoring program tracks a series of measures within key ecosystems, including forests, alpine tundra areas, wetlands, freshwater and coastal and marine ecosystems.

Trends in ecosystem health are identified and inform management actions.

Trends in the state of cultural resources integrity and visitor experience are also monitored.

Gwaii Haanas collaborates with a wide range of universities, researchers, and non-governmental organizations to conduct science and research and to undertake management actions, such as ecological and cultural heritage restoration.

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