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The forest ecosystem, home to thousands of species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms, is being altered by a single introduced species: moose.
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Forests at Risk

in Newfoundland and Labrador

The forests of Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Parks face serious threats to their long-term health. Parks Canada has, through its ecosystem monitoring program, surveyed the extent of the damage and determined intense moose browsing to be the main cause.

Moose were introduced to Newfoundland over 100 years ago. In the absence of predators, and with an abundant food supply, their numbers increased dramatically. Today, moose populations in these national parks are greater than the forests can support; forest diversity is in decline.

This website provides information about Parks Canada’s approach to forest health management in Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Parks in Newfoundland and Labrador. It also explains how Canadians can get involved in helping to restore the health of these forests.