Management Plan 2010-2015
Yoho National Park Management Plan 2010-2015 (PDF, 2 MB)
Highlights of the Management Plan (PDF, 500 KB)
Public Input into the Management Plan Review (PDF, 467 KB)
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Year in Review
Year in Review (PDF, 33 KB)
Priorities and Achievements (PDF, 285 KB)
Each year Parks Canada prepares a report to outline progress on implementing the Yoho 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 for 2010-2015. 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 and a description of progress achieved in 2010-11 is also attached. Several of the main highlights are described below. An evaluation of changes in performance measures will be undertaken in future years.
Burgess Shale Protection, Research and Education
Parks Canada continued its strong stewardship of the Burgess Shale through a program of site protection, scientific research and education. Through an ongoing association with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), new field research was conducted on several fossil sites in the park. Through the Virtual Museum of Canada program, the ROM and Parks Canada are developing the definitive website on the Burgess Shale. Parks Canada also expanded the reach of Burgess Shale education through a series of award-winning guided hikes and outreach interpretation provided at the ROM in Toronto in June 2010 and March 2011, and in Calgary in the spring of 2010 and 2011.
Kicking Horse Pass to the Last Spike Cultural Landscape
Several meetings have been held with local stakeholders in Golden and Revelstoke to discuss the concept of an integrated heritage corridor from Kicking Horse Pass to Craigellachie. Stories about the corridor, its railway and park history, and its important role in the history of Canada have been incorporated into the planning for the 125th anniversary of Yoho and Glacier national parks. In-park interpretive theatre shows, and outreach education in the Vancouver urban area have been used to pass on to hundreds of Canadians stories of Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels.
Ecosystem Restoration Activities
Most of the restoration efforts in Yoho over the past year have focused on planning, research and preparation for action on the ground. As a result, Parks Canada is ready to conduct a significant prescribed fire in the Ottertail drainage during the fall of 2011, weather permitting, and may undertake an additional prescribed fire on Mount King in the fall of 2011. In addition stream survey work has been completed on Monarch Creek in preparation for aquatic restoration work that will include culvert improvements, stream channel rehabilitation, and bank stabilization.
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