Help Guide Parks Canada Priorities of the Rocky Mountain Region — January 31, 2019

Help Guide Parks Canada Priorities of the Rocky Mountain Region

January 31, 2019

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to advise that Parks Canada is seeking your views and ideas on the future of the seven mountain national parks.

Canada’s mountain national parks are some of the oldest national parks in Canada. Banff was Canada’s first national park established in 1885. Yoho and Glacier national parks followed closely in 1886 and Waterton Lakes National Park was added in 1895. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and Mt. Revelstoke National Park joined in 1914. Kootenay is the youngest of the mountain national parks having been established in 1920.

Our mountain national parks are internationally well-known for their breathtaking landscapes, incredible visitor experiences, and remarkable biodiversity.  We need to preserve these marvellous places,” said MP Eglinski.

Parks Canada will be consulting on and developing all seven management plans for the mountain parks at the same time to facilitate landscape level planning and develop common approaches across the region.  All Canadians, including youth and newcomers, are encouraged to get involved and help shape the future of the mountain national parks.

The first stage of public engagement is now underway for Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks and will run to April 30, 2019.

Management plans for the mountain national parks are due in 2020.

Based on the input received, Parks Canada will develop individual draft management plans for further review input during a second stage of public engagement expected in early 2020. Feedback collected during the second stage will help to finalize each management plan in 2020.

“I encourage stakeholder organizations, from Indigenous peoples, and from local communities and visitors to provide their input in helping to shape and guide the priorities for each of the mountain national parks through the development of individual management plans,” concluded MP Eglinski.

Further information can be found at: http://www.letstalkmountainparks.ca

 

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