Today, Parks Canada and Cape Breton University gathered at Cape Breton University to sign a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively on projects related to cultural and environmental protection and sustainable management of lands and waters through research and monitoring initiatives at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park creates a vast natural and cultural resource for education, monitoring, research and active management purposes for students and faculty by integrating into the academic programming and research. Within the last year, Cape Breton University students and faculty monitored moose and salmon in their natural habitats in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Future opportunities for collaboration include studying recovery conservation of species at risk and hyper-abundant species, field station venues for courses in ecological field techniques and opportunities for the development of diversified sustainable tourism.
“Cape Breton University is deeply committed to developing the heritage and future of Cape Breton Island. It is our honour as Cape Breton Island’s university to play a role in better understanding how we may conserve and enjoy our unique environmental and cultural assets,” saysDr. David Wheeler, President, Cape Breton University.
“We are pleased to work collaboratively with Cape Breton University to research, monitor and to further understand the complex ecological environment of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We are excited Cape Breton University will continue to contribute to conservation efforts which will help ensure this place is better understood and appreciated into the future,” says Chip Bird, Cape Breton Field Unit Superintendent, Parks Canada.
Through initiatives like these, the Government of Canada through Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking practical action to restore Canada’s ecosystems and contribute to the conservation of Canada’s lands and waters. In addition, Parks Canada contributes to NCP goals of encouraging local initiatives and partnerships that lead to tangible results.