A zoning system is applied in national parks to designate areas according to their natural and cultural resource protection requirements and suitability to provide visitor experience opportunities. The draft management plan proposes that zoning will be developed for the expansion area over the next 5-10 years as a better understanding of the region is developed through research. It is anticipated that much of the expansion area will be designated wilderness (Zone 2), as with most of the original park, with some areas designated as Zone 3 to allow for enhanced visitor access (e.g. Glacier Lake). Special preservation areas (Zone 1) may also be applied in areas that contain unique, threatened or endangered natural or cultural features and require strictly controlled access. Are there areas in the expansion area that should be considered for Zone 1 or Zone 3 designation? Do you have general comments regarding what should be considered in developing the zoning plan for the expansion area?
JenMorin Comment 2
9:25pm, 21 February 2010
I agree that any Zone 3 infrastructure should be completed in a way to minimize impact on Nahanni’s exceptional ‘wilderness experience.’ However, the first and foremost emphasis should be on maintaining ecological integrity. To me this means, collecting data and conducting the proper surveys as well as integrating this into the design of any infrastructure. It would be great to see low-impact, small environmental footprint, innovative and long-term infrastructure.