Parks Canada invites Canadians to join in “Building a Vision for the Future” of Gros Morne
Management plan consultations will help shape the future of Gros Morne National Park
December 7, 2018 Rocky Harbour, NL Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians and represent the very best that Canada has to offer. Canada’s national parks play a critical role in shaping our national identity, protecting wildlife and our natural heritage, fighting climate change, and supporting jobs and local economic development.
Gros Morne National Park holds a special place in the hearts of Canadians. Soaring fjords and moody mountains tower above a diverse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and cliffs. Shaped by colliding continents and grinding glaciers, Gros Morne’s ancient landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled among the colourful culture of nearby seaside communities.
Today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, highlighted the opportunity for the public to Build a Vision for the Future of Gros Morne National Park, inviting all Canadians to share their ideas and provide input to the park’s management plan. The results of this consultation will help guide the long-term vision and priorities for the park.
A number of community sessions in towns near the national park, including Cow Head, Norris Point and Woody Point, will be held from December 11-13, 2018. Each meeting will include a presentation on the management plan process and will offer a number of ways for people to share their thoughts, including discussion groups, surveys and conversation with Parks Canada staff who will receive participant input. Several similar consultation sessions recently took place in Corner Brook and St. John’s at Memorial University campuses. Parks Canada is also interested in hearing from Canadians across the country and everyone is encouraged to participate through online engagement tools.
Sustainable tourism is one of several key elements being considered as part of the management planning consultations. As the country’s largest tourism provider, Parks Canada works with nearby communities to help grow local tourism and create jobs, directly supporting sustainable tourism in the region of Western Newfoundland. Parks Canada balances the role of Gros Morne National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – as a regional economic driver, with its commitment to protect the environment, as its first priority, and provide high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences.
Parks Canada encourages all Canadians, including youth, to get involved and help shape the future of Gros Morne National Park. Members of the public are invited to share their opinions in the online comment card at pc.gc.ca/grosmorne, or contact the park at firstname.lastname@example.org to host a consultation event within their community or organization. Interested parties are encouraged to stay involved over the coming months as the management plan consultations progress in winter 2019.
Earlier this year more than 13,000 Canadians provided feedback on Parks Canada through the Minister’s Round Table Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! In response to Canadians’ feedback, Minister McKenna identified three priorities for Parks Canada: to Protect and Restore our national parks and historic sites; to enable people to Discover and Connect with our national parks and heritage; and to Sustain, for generations to come, the incredible ecological and economic value that our national parks and historic sites provide for communities. Build a Vision for the Future of Gros Morne National Park is an example of how Parks Canada is involving Canadians in implementing those priorities.
“Gros Morne National Park is both a Canadian national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is internationally renowned for its incredible biodiversity, but it’s ours to protect for future generations. The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our national parks, while enabling more Canadians to discover nature and connect with our heritage. Build a Vision for the Future is an opportunity for the public to shape the future of Gros Morne National Park and I encourage community members and Canadians across the country to get involved.”Gudie Hutchings
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains
Park management plans are a requirement under the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada places.
Individuals or groups that are interested in sharing their insights and opinions on the future of Gros Morne can contact Parks Canada at email@example.com or call 709-458-2417.
Gros Morne National Park is 1,805 square kilometres of wilderness on Newfoundland’s west coast. It stretches inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline, through lowlands where waterways snake towards the Long Range Mountains and Tablelands. The flora and fauna are an exceptional mixture of temperate, boreal, and Arctic-alpine. Natural beauty and a unique, geological showcase earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987.
Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. The system protects a vast network of natural and heritage places that include 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, and one national urban park.
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