How to help our national parks and monuments cope with climate change

Posted October 13, 2020 14:48:07 The National Parks and Monuments Association says a new plan to manage our national parklands will be unveiled this month.NPA CEO Peter O’Brien says the new plan will set priorities for the protection of our national treasures, which are threatened by climate change.

The NPA says its “best practice” is to protect the most biologically diverse areas first and foremost.

O’Briens plans for a national parks, forests and waterways strategy will highlight the benefits of conservation and the need for greater engagement with communities.

“There is no doubt that these parks and other public spaces need to be preserved for future generations and protected for future visitors,” he said.

“If you are not doing that then you’re not doing your job.”

O’Brien said the NPA is working with the federal government, state governments and the private sector to create a strategy for managing our national heritage sites.

“We want to ensure that the best places are protected and we want to make sure that the public gets a better understanding of what we are doing,” he told the CBC.

He said the new strategy will be presented at the National Parks Commission meeting in November and he expects it to include recommendations to protect and preserve some of our most valuable places.

“I think we have to make it very clear to the public that our parks and our national monuments are very important places,” he added.

“And they are going to continue to be important for generations to come.”

The NPS has said it will work with communities to understand their needs and the potential impacts of climate change on the areas it manages.

It’s not just parks, O’Brian said, but also the world around us.

“One of the reasons we have so many places that are in our national treasure is because the world has changed so dramatically and there is a lot of new opportunities,” he noted.

“What we need to do is get a sense of what the impact will be and how do we prepare for that.”

Ongoing research by the NPS, Parks Canada and other federal departments will be used to support the planning of the plan.

The NPA will also partner with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“A lot of the research that will come out of the NPGA will be focused on how we manage our parks, our heritage sites and our cultural resources,” O’Brion said.