Communications about our work is key! © Parks Canada
Few national parks contain complete or pristine ecosystems, especially in densely populated areas, or areas affected by industrial resource extraction. Habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, climate change, and the downstream effects of pollution contribute to the degradation of ecosystems.
Parks Canada takes action on the ground to maintain and restore healthy, natural ecosystems. Parks Canada is investing $90 million in a series of initiatives to help address pressing ecological concerns in national parks across Canada. These innovative, knowledge-based and partnership-driven projects will protect and restore stressed ecosystems in Canada's national parks while directly involving Canadians.
Taking a short but well-deserved break during a restoration workbee © Parks Canada
Many of these projects involve volunteers and provide opportunities for Canadians to develop a stronger sense of understanding and personal connection with nature.
Black-footed Ferret © Parks Canada / E. Le Bel
Restoring species at risk and prairie ecosystems in Grasslands National Park
Black-footed ferrets have been reintroduced to the prairie ecosystem, and natural processes are being re-established. Read more
Restoring and Reconnecting Our Waters in Mountain Parks
By reconnecting aquatic ecosystems, Parks Canada is helping fish cross roads in national parks. Read more
An example of work performed to restore aquatic connectivity in our parks - Pretty Creek, in Jasper National Park © Parks Canada / W. Hughson
Fireweeds are amongst the first plants to grow after a fire. © Parks Canada
Restoring the Ecological Role of Fire in Yoho National Park
Decades of fire suppression in the western mountain national parks have affected the health of forest ecosystems. Parks Canada is using prescribed fire to restore the historic fire cycle and to create wildlife habitat.
Restoring Grassland Ecosystems in Kootenay National Park
Over the last 15 years, Parks Canada has been working to restore increasingly rare open forest and grassland ecosystems in the Columbia Valley. Read more
Learn more about ecological restoration