Active management at Kejimkujik
Parks Canada firefighter © Parks Canada/E. Le Bel
Parks Canada conducted low intensity prescribed fires at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site May 2, 3, and 6, 2013. This activity is part of a Parks Canada ten-year research and monitoring program to better understand the natural disturbance processes and management actions that can influence forest regeneration at Kejimkujik. Other active management techniques being tested include tree girdling for small gap openings, deer and small mammal enclosures, and acorn planting.
Fire line after the prescribed fire © Parks Canada/E. Le Bel
Prescribed fire is a carefully designed fire that is ignited by experts under specific conditions using planned procedures. Public safety is paramount and prescribed fires are planned, reviewed, and supervised by Parks Canada fire management specialists. Environmental assessments are completed to ensure that all social, economic, and ecological impacts are considered. A small fire in early spring ensures a low intensity surface fire that burns leaves and small trees; it has little effect on larger trees.
Fire management specialists and fire fighters from Parks Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the North Queens Volunteer Fire Department were on site during the burn and monitoring has been conducted to identify any remaining hot spots and ensure that fire has been extinguished.
The three fire sites – near Eel Weir bridge, Eel Weir road and McGinty road - will remain fascinating and beautiful wilderness areas to explore and enjoy. The long-term monitoring of the sites will help Parks Canada understand more about natural disturbances and regeneration in the Acadian forest.