2018 Bring Back the Boreal update
Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
November 26, 2018
The moose population reduction activities on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park concluded earlier than anticipated on November 25, 2018 as a result of poor weather conditions.
Area closures on North Mountain and Beulach Ban Falls Road, including Big Intervale Research Station, which were put in place to ensure public safety during harvest activities, have now been lifted.
Parks Canada takes its mandate to maintain ecological integrity very seriously and is committed to restoring forest health in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The moose population reduction is only one part of the larger Bring Back the Boreal project aimed at restoring forest health in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Other components of the project include tree planting and building fences to keep moose from browsing young trees.
The moose population reduction was conducted through a Mi'kmaq-led harvest in collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office. Sixteen moose were harvested this year within the 20 km2 area. As with all population reduction measures, the harvest was conducted in a humane and respectful manner.
On behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, the Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office is overseeing the distribution of meat to Mi’kmaw and non-Mi’kmaw communities, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and any other areas of need across Nova Scotia. The hides and other materials will be used by Mi'kmaw elders to make clothing and other traditional items.
As the Bring Back the Boreal restoration pilot project comes to an end, Parks Canada will analyze the results from the past five years to explore the most effective and sustainable strategies to ensure the long-term health of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and restore boreal forest. Parks Canada will also continue to work with local communities and interest groups and share information related to the long-term health of the boreal forest in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
For more on this project, please visit Bring Back The Boreal
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit