Update December 30, 2009:
This discussion topic received a lot of interest and many participants left detailed comments. Several participants supported maintaining water quality as an important priority, including monitoring impacts from developments outside park boundaries. Detailed objectives, targets and actions for water quality issues are outlined in the draft management plan under the Key Strategy: Water for Life. Many comments also referred to the importance of rigorous and comprehensive ecological monitoring, as well as the value in working with other scientists and experts to conduct research in the park. The objectives, targets and actions for scientific work are detailed in Key Strategy: Taking Care of Naha Dehé, as well as in the Area Management Approach for the Expansion Area. Proposed objectives include incorporating both science and traditional knowledge in the protection of the parks ecosystems and improving understanding through cooperative research and partnerships. This topic also generated discussion on increasing park visitation. Parks Canada’s target to increase visitation is designed to build Canadians’ connection and appreciation of Nahanni, while maintaining ecological integrity. Nahanni is not looking at changing the carrying capacity of river use, but is aiming to extend the reach of visitor experience opportunities, particularly through assessing new potential in the expansion area. Proposed actions and targets related to visitor experience are included in the Key Strategy: Naha Dehé, A gift to be Shared and in the Area Management Approaches for Gahnįhthah (Rabbitkettle Area), Naįlįcho (Virginia Falls) and the Expansion Area.
Original question (posted November 24, 2009):
The new plan is intended to define where efforts should be focused over the next five years. The following are key issues and challenges currently facing the park. Do you have suggestions, additions or comments?
-Maintaining Water Quality
-Incorporating Traditional Dene Names
-Maintaining and Increasing Visitation
-Infrastructure Supporting the Visitor Experience
-Expanding Outreach Education
-Establishing Monitoring Programs
-Declining Northern Mountain Caribou Populations
-Management direction for the expanded area
This discussion topic is closed. You can still review the discussion but it will no longer accept comments or votes.
Nahanni Comment 12
3:11pm, 30 December 2009
Maintaining and Increasing Visitation
Parks Canada should make this a priority for the New Nahanni.
Recreational aids such a trail maps produced by PC foster the imagination of those looking for outdoor recreation opportunities.