Escarpment of Riding Mountain Area Strategy
Next Steps. How Did We Get Here?
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Once approved, the area strategy will ultimately become part of the Riding Mountain National Park Management Plan and East Gate Registration Complex (management plan). The next full park management plan update is scheduled for 2017, however much of the strategy can be implemented within the current 2007 plan. Thus Parks Canada will soon be seeking partners and funding to begin projects that meet the strategy’s vision and actions.
How Did We Get Here?
In November 2007, the park management plan is tabled in Parliament. One of the plan’s action items is involve key stakeholder groups and First Nations in discussions regarding visitor experiences opportunities on the east side of the park and then develop an area plan and implement it as resources are available.
By December 2007 discussions begin with local communities and leaders about the area plan and the future of Mount Agassiz.
In the spring and summer of 2010 major steps are taken to develop the area strategy process (formally known as an area plan). By October an Advisory Board (Board) is formed to develop the area strategy. The Board represents a diverse range of expertise and interests and continues to collectively advise the park on the strategy’s process and content. At the initial meeting the Board toured the entire escarpment area. Throughout the process the Board has met numerous times in multiple locations throughout the entire escarpment area. In this period of time they have met with multiple community members with interest in the development of the area strategy.
In February 2011 the area strategy process is formally launched to the public. At that time a website is opened to provide public information. As well, an online survey is offered to gain the public’s initial ideas. The public is also encouraged to send their feedback anytime through the process.
In July 2011 Parks Canada and Province of Manitoba Agriculture and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) co-host two workshops for community representatives to gain information on the areas features and attractions, as well determine how best to work together. In September Parks Canada hosts a public open house at the Mount Agassiz site to get an update on the site and the area strategy.
Through January – February of 2012 Parks Canada hosts a series of meetings to update the public on the Escarpment of Riding Mountain Area Strategy, the park management plan amendment, and the key finding of the Mount Agassiz Feasibility Study. The public are also provided with an online survey for the management plan amendment.
In June the Board completes its final review of the area strategy. This fall Parks Canada is going out and meeting with community stakeholders and partners to discuss the area strategy.
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