Nearly Half of National Park Ecosystems Rate as ‘Fair’ or ‘Poor’ in Parks Canada Report
By Susan Lunn | January 26, 2017
A federal report by Parks Canada shows that almost half of the ecosystems in the country’s national parks remain in fair to poor condition, five years after a previous report with similar concerns.
The report, called State of Canada’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Places, was tabled in the House of Commons in mid-December.
It contains a table rating the condition of forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands and coastal areas in all national parks across the country.
The report finds that 29 of the 41 national parks and reserves measured had at least one ecosystem rated as fair or poor. Twelve of the parks or reserves had all of the areas measured rated as good. […]
Canadians currently have an opportunity to tell the minister directly what they want done with federal parks.
[Federal Environment Minister Catherine] McKenna has been holding in-person and online consultations with stakeholders and the general public. The consultations wrap up Friday.
More than 1,700 people have submitted comments, many of them urging the minister to put nature before development.
Woodley isn’t surprised.
“I think it’s important for this government to understand Canadians do love our national parks. They are one of our top symbols of national identity.
“But they love them because they’re natural. Because they’re wild spaces that are places where wildlife can live and where there’s pristine natural beauty,” Woodley said. …
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State of Canada’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Places