Research and Collection Permit System

Research Priorities

Research Priorities:

Social Science / Socio-economics
- Recreational choices
- Nature deficit disorder
- Social and economic research relating to tourism, ecotourism, recreation, outdoor education curricula, accessibility for new Canadians, and visitor statistics, demographics and psychographics as it pertains to Riding Mountain National Park.
- The economic impacts/benefits of Riding Mountain National Park to local regions.
- The ecological benefits of Riding Mountain National Park to surrounding communities.
- The social value of Riding Mountain National Park to the people of Canada, Province of Manitoba and the local region.
- The impact of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve designation on local communities, tourism trends, park operations, etc.
- Attitudes toward wildlife
- Examine feasible opportunities to engage visitors in research and citizen science.
- How do we work more collaboratively with indigenous knowledge holders?
- Need for traditional land use studies and cultural heritage studies.

Restoration
- Disturbed sites - inventory/priorities
- Grassland health: invasive species, loss of grazing/bison, role of herbivory, use of prescribed fire.
- Need a better understanding how to best manage risks to grasslands associated with smooth brome.
- What is the connection between plant community diversity and soil health?
- What is the goal of restoration: what should we be restoring to in terms of diversity, soil and structure to best meet a preferred stable state?
- Differentiating grassland community sites and their history.

Aquatics
- Hydrology changes in Octopus Creek, South Lake/Clear Lake
- Work with neighbours on watershed, impacts of drains, management options
- Understand the role of beaver in watershed water retention.
- Research related to cooperative mechanisms for fisheries and water use of Clear Lake.
- Look at non-invasive techniques for population monitoring, diversity and genetics.
- Develop a predictive model for aquatic systems from long term monitoring data.
- Determine efficiency of management actions or options to manage aquatic invasive species.

Anthropology/Psychology/History
- Archeological research within Riding Mountain National Park
- Cultural anthropology research
- Behavioural research regarding people's interactions and emotional responses with built facilities and wilderness in National Parks.
- Historical research into the culture and history of people's presence in Riding Mountain National Park and the relationship between people’s subsistence dependence on the park and settlements in surrounding communities.
- Support the preservation of language based knowledge.
- Nature deficit disorder and the implications for Riding Mountain National Park visitation.
- Impact assessment of issues and threats.

Archaeology
- Cultural significance of sites in RMNP (5 sites identified in the management plan)
- Traditional ecological knowledge
- Georeferenced historic photos
- Historical research

Wildlife
- Look at non-invasive techniques for population monitoring, diversity and genetics
- Avifauna monitoring and research, especially species at risk.
- Invertebrates

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