The quiet cuts

by Aaron Wherry

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says parks are under threat.

Federal budget cuts will significantly reduce scientific research and monitoring essential to protect our national parks. And provincial spending on parks continues to be well below what is needed, leaving them vulnerable to threats from inside and outside their boundaries. Examples include the growing problems facing national parks  including New Brunswick’s Fundy and Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik, and BC’s provincial parks.

And the Klune Lake Research Station in the Yukon has lost its federal funding.

The Kluane facility is run by the Arctic Institute of North America, a joint U.S.-Canada research operation that is administered by the University of Calgary along with the University of Alaska. The scientists at Kluane Lake say their facility is of inestimable value because it sits in one of the world’s most unique open-air laboratories. Its windows look out onto Yukon’s Kluane National Park, a 22,000-square kilometre wilderness area that boasts Canada’s highest mountains and a segment of the largest non-polar icefield on Earth.

See previously: The quiet cuts




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