Environmental Impact Assessment
Inverarden House National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan
The actions in the Inverarden House management plan were assessed to identify any adverse environmental effects. The environmental assessment was conducted according to direction in theParks Canada Management Directive 2.4.2-Impact Assessment (1998), Parks Canada Guide to the Environmental Assessment of Management Plans (2000) and the Environmental Assessment Process for Policy and Programs (Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office, 1993). The environmental assessment ensures the plan adheres to Parks Canada’s environmental policies and those of the Government of Canada in general. The environmental assessment of the management proposal was conducted in the final stage of the drafting of the management plan to allow for the incorporation of necessary changes into the final document.
The proposed activities and actions in the Inverarden House NHSC management plan are positive in nature and supportive of the overall goals of the site. Actions that were identified as having a potential negative impact on the natural, cultural or socio-economic environment were given recommendations to mitigate the effects. If the proposed mitigation measures are taken into consideration and followed then the actions in the plan can be considered beneficial to both the commemorative and ecological integrity at the site. Management actions resulting in positive environmental impacts include improved heritage presentation and public access to the site, as well as a long-term tenant to re-open Inverarden House for public access and enjoyment.
In the future, should any maintenance and conservation work be undertaken at the site, a project specific environmental assessment may be required under theCanadian Environmental Assessment Act.
The Inverarden House NHSC management plan initiatives contribute to the commemorative integrity of the site and clearly demonstrate adherence to Parks Canada’s cultural resource management goals and objectives. In so doing, they should enable Parks Canada to achieve its objectives for Inverarden House National Historic Site of Canada.