Research and monitoring
Our monitoring work is the voice of our flora, fauna and the ecological processes necessary for a healthy functioning ecosystem. The information that we collect from insects, trees, fish and wildlife tells us their story. We work hard to get their stories right! In Banff we use three key indicators to measure and report on how healthy our park ecosystems are: freshwater, forests and alpine. For each indicator we have selected five specific ecological measures through which we can better assess the health of the indicator ecosystem. We regularly monitor and assess each of these measures so that we have a clear picture of whether or not we are successfully maintaining and restoring the park. This helps us to plan for and make decisions that will keep Banff National Park intact for the present and the future.
When the environmental assessment process raises questions, research can answer them. When our monitoring program tells us that there are potential problems in park ecosystems, research helps us to better understand what is causing the change and assists planning ways to solve them. We begin by collecting data that gives us a detailed picture of the issue. We use this picture to come up with and test out solutions. We use the results to make improvements and solve problems.