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Kootenay National Park

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Winter vista in Kootenay National Park 

Sinclair Ecosystem Restoration

What’s happening?

Parks Canada is restoring open forest and grassland ecosystems opposite the Radium Hot Springs pools in Kootenay National Park. The third season of this restoration project has begun and includes the following work:

January – March 2016 

  • Crews are thinning the forest on the lower slopes of Mount Berland and burning piles of branches, bark and other wood debris. 
  • All trails and facilities in Sinclair Canyon remain open. 
  • The forest where crews are working is closed and clearly marked. 
  • Intermittent smoke may be noticed in the area of the hot springs and the community of Radium Hot Springs during this work.

April – June 2016 

  • A small-scale, spring prescribed fire is planned for the thinned area, when weather and burning conditions permit. 
  • Burning will take place over a 1-3 day period and cover up to 60 hectares – roughly half the size of a golf course. 
  • Fire managers will be working hard to minimize smoke in the area by only igniting during good venting conditions. Smoke from this fire is not expected to extend beyond the southern area of the park and adjacent communities.

Why?

Forest thinning and prescribed fire are helping restore open forest and grassland ecosystems, including critical Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep habitat.

The meadows created will act as firebreaks and reduce the risk of wildfires spreading to park facilities and the community of Radium Hot Springs.

If you are sensitive to smoke…

Parks Canada has a smoke notification list for anyone who is sensitive to smoke and would like to be notified in advance of burning. Please contact Lori Horrocks, Parks Canada, ph. 250-347-2205 or e-mail lori.horrocks@pc.gc.ca to add your name to the list.

January 21, 2016


Government announces new investments in Kootenay National Park

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling $44.9 million in several Parks Canada projects across Kootenay National Park. This major investment includes... (more)

July 18, 2015