Management Plan 2010-2015
Kootenay National Park Management Plan 2010-2015
(PDF, 1.8 MB)
Highlights (PDF, 483 KB)
Public Input (PDF, 452 KB)
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Year in Review - June 2011
Year in Review (PDF, 34 KB)
Priorities and Achievements (PDF, 248 KB)
Each year Parks Canada prepares a report to outline progress on implementing the Kootenay National Park Management Plan. In June 2010 a new management plan was approved by the Minister of the Environment and tabled in Parliament. The new plan includes two primary accountability tools for assessing progress: performance measures; and a list of priority actions. This report marks the end of the first year of the five-year management planning cycle. Work to achieve the plan objectives will unfold over the coming years. However, progress on achieving desired ecological conditions is often incremental over a period of many years. For these reasons this first annual report focuses on implementation of priority actions that have begun to yield progress on key objectives. The list of priority actions (PDF, 248 KB) and a description of progress achieved in 2010-11 (PDF, 34 KB) are above. Several of the main highlights are described below. An evaluation of changes in performance measures will be undertaken in future years.
Highway 93 South – Mitigating Wildlife Mortality and Restoring Terrestrial and Aquatic Connectivity
One of the key objectives of the Kootenay Management Plan is to reduce the impacts of Highway 93 South on native biodiversity. In particular, reducing the high mortality of wildlife, and restoring habitat connectivity for terrestrial and aquatic species are priorities. Over the past year, Parks Canada has launched an ambitious project to mitigate the mortality effects of the highway and restore habitat connectivity across the corridor. The wildlife mortality mitigation work has focused on planning and research for the initial phase of highway fencing and wildlife underpass construction, which is expected to begin in 2012. Initial sites for mitigation have been selected, invasive plant control has been undertaken and native re-vegetation trials have been initiated. Elsewhere along the corridor, two improperly functioning culverts were replaced, re-establishing aquatic connectivity in two streams.
Work has commenced on developing an area plan for the Kootenay Corridor. This plan aims to renew and refresh the visitor experience on the corridor, while integrating the ecological restoration initiatives that are underway. A draft plan has been prepared which includes proposals to enhance recreational opportunities and provide new learning opportunities that incorporate recent advancements in park ecological restoration. New interpretation opportunities will focus on aquatic and terrestrial habitat connectivity, wildlife mortality mitigation, and on the role of fire as an ecosystem process. Additional interpretation of human history themes is also planned.
Telling Park Stories to Canadians
Parks Canada has made significant efforts over the last year to increase the number of Canadians who learn about the unique natural and cultural heritage of the park. Some examples include participation in local community science celebrations and special events like Wings Over the Rockies, class room presentations and park field trips to the Redstreak Restoration area for local schools, regional podcasts, and the development of the new Discover Kootenay school program for grade 8-12 students.
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