Public Input Will Help Guide Parks Canada Priorities

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The national parks of the Rocky Mountain region hold special places in the hearts of Canadians. Places like Banff and Jasper are recognized across Canada and around the world as examples of the conservation and enjoyment of natural heritage. 

The headwaters of our own Red Deer River begin in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, close to Lake Louise. In fact, over 50% of the total water yield in the Red Deer River originates from snow and rain in the Rocky Mountain and Foothill regions in the upper headwaters! 

Management plans for the mountain national parks are due in 2020. These plans help to guide decisions in each of the national parks and help to ensure public accountability. Management plans are strategic in nature, based on a long-term vision with clear direction for a 10-year period, including objectives and actions to achieve results. Parks Canada will be consulting on and developing all seven management plans for the mountain parks at the same time in order to facilitate landscape level planning and develop common approaches across the region. 

Input from the Canadian public, from stakeholder organizations, from Indigenous peoples, and from local communities and visitors will play an important role in helping to shape and guide the priorities for each of the mountain national parks through the development of individual management plans. Indigenous engagement provides an opportunity to strengthen Indigenous voices in all aspects of park management.

All Canadians, including youth and newcomers, are encouraged to get involved and help shape the future of the mountain national parks. Additional information is available at: letstalkmountainparks.ca.

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