Restoring the Role of Fire to Ecosystems in Canadian National Parks

…from Canada News Centre

“Parks Canada is investing $90 million in a series of initiatives to help address pressing ecological concerns in national parks across Canada. These innovative, knowledge-based and partnership driven projects will protect and restore stressed ecosystems in Canada’s national parks while involving Canadians, positively enriching and changing lives.

Leadership on the Landscape: Restoring the role of fire to ecosystems in Pukaskwa National Park and other National Parks in Ontario

“$926,000 Action on the Ground funding

“Fires burn unevenly across a landscape, which over time, creates a range of different ages and tree types, thereby creating a variety of habitats that support many insect, mammal, and bird species. Modern fire prevention measures prevent this essential and natural process in the boreal forest.

“Parks Canada will use an active fire management program to promote biodiversity in order to maintain, restore, monitor and manage the full complement of vegetation successional stages and species that would be expected as a result of natural processes in Pukaskwa National Park.

“Following ecological goals in collaboration with provincial and university experts, Parks Canada will investigate geospatial and temporal distribution of disturbance regimes throughout the greater park ecosystem while protecting visitors, values at risk, and stakeholder interests. This information will provide a stronger ecological basis for how, where and when fires occur on the landscape.

“Pukaskwa’s fire program will play a leadership role for Parks Canada in the Ontario bioregion, including providing technical and scientific support to Point Pelee National Park, Bruce Peninsula National Park, St. Lawrence Islands National Park, and Georgian Bay Islands National Park in the development of their fire management plans and ecosystem restoration strategies.”