Government Of Canada Invests In Visitor Experience And Environmental Protection In Jasper National Park
JASPER, ALBERTA, – September 24, 2009 -On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister Responsible for Parks Canada and Minister Responsible for Southern Alberta, the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, Alberta, today announced Parks Canada’s investment of $6 million in visitor experience and environmental protection projects in Jasper National Park of Canada.The investment will fund three important projects, including $490,000 towards ongoing work with Hinton’s Foothills Research Institute.
“The Foothills Research Institute plays an integral role in monitoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of Jasper National Park of Canada’s greater park ecosystem,” said Minister Merrifield. “I am therefore pleased to announce this contribution, which will directly fund three programs that are of particular importance to Jasper National Park: the Grizzly Bear program, the Natural Disturbance program and the Aboriginal Involvement program.”
Other projects announced included $4.5 million for woodland caribou recovery in Jasper, Banff, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks, and $1 million towards enhancing public safety by scaling dangerous rock faces along the Yellowhead Highway 16, and the Icefields Parkway.
“National parks protect the environment and biodiversity for future generations so Canadians have an opportunity to experience, enjoy and understand these special places,” said Minister Prentice.
While in Jasper, Minister Merrifield also announced new Cottage Tents at Jasper National Park’s Whistlers campground, which will provide alternate visitor experiences to those new to Canada’s national parks.
Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that commemorate persons, places and events that have shaped Canada’s history and which offer visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discovery. Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada’s historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.
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Caribou recovery and highway rock scaling
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Jasper cottage tents