Campaign Chronicles - Parks Management

  • Published on Apr 15 2012 |
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The Parks Management Committee has been dealing with a handful of issues on its' plate this month.  While the committee continues to be diligently working to sustain the Rapids Clubtail dragonfly and Gray Rat Snake population, it is also trying to tackle some more other immediate threats.

There is a sandy point on the Ottawa River between Pembroke and Beachburg that's constantly disrupted by ATVs and human activities. Westmeath Provincial Park features beaches and launch sites for swimming and boating on the river, but it also provides a unique habitat for many unique ecosystems.

At the meeting of Wednesday, April 4, the Parks Management Committee covered various issues including ATV use in Westmeath Provincial Park, the possibility of meeting the new superintendent at Algonquin Park to discuss items of concerns, there was a strong interest with respect to restarting a CPAWS campaign against logging in Algonquin Park and investigating the nature of Environmental Assessments in Ontario.

"The system is broken, it doesn't work. It's stacked against the proponent," Parks Management coordinator Ian White said. "It's just luck of the draw."  The committee is looking to improve the health of park ecosystems as part of an ongoing regime. While the population of the Rapids Club Tail and Gray Rat Snake are diminishing, it is important to highlight the need for larger central protected zones around parks and transition zones around the protected areas. The committee is looking into ways to incorporate those two issues into the CPAWS Parks Management Plans.

Many Gray Rat Snakes reside in the areas surrounding Murphy's Point Provincial Park, in the northern end of its' range. For the Gray Rat Snake, road traffic is the largest cause of fatality. It has been identified that planting leafy vegetation around the roadways would cool the pavement and make it less enticing for the snakes to venture out into the road to sun bathe, therefore lowering the casualty rates.

Although the committee group is small in numbers, it is committed to covering a broad range of park management topics, with a focus of protection and preservation of natural habitats.