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Dry Gulch Forest Restoration, Kootenay National Park

The objective of this project is to reduce the current forest ingrowth and encroachment of the open Douglas Fir forests and grassland ecosystems. Maintaining the natural mosaic of open stands and creating connectivity between these natural open grasslands would help restore vital ungulate winter range habitat and reduce wildfire risk in an area that has historically seen fire suppression. This will be achieved by thinning vegetation that encroaches on the open grasslands as well as thinning vegetation within stands of forest that would allow for connectivity between these grassland habitats. This project will contribute to the larger restoration efforts in the Redstreak Restoration area and the Stoddart Creek Restoration area (provincial) to restore open forests and grasslands. Decades of fire exclusion in this area has contributed to dense interior Douglas-fir stands that have crowded out grassland habitat. This has resulted in high fuel loads, increase probability of crown versus surface fires, loss of valuable understory forage and increased vulnerability to insect and disease damage (Government of BC, 2020). There are a number of public use areas surrounding the project area, including Dry Gulch Provincial Park, Redstreak Campground and a mobile home park located along Highway 95. Reducing fuel loads in the forest will lower the risk of a damaging wildfire in the area, which may threaten public infrastructure, private homes, and public use areas. The total project area is approximately 360 hectares.


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Latest update

13 November 2020 – Parks Canada intends to make a determination regarding whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Parks Canada is inviting public comments until 13 December 2020 respecting that determination.

Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from 13 November to 13 December 2020 - November 13, 2020

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Contacts

Kootenay National Park
P.O. Box 220
Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0
Email: pc.kootenayinfo-infokootenay.pc@canada.ca


  • Location

    • Kootenay National Park (British Columbia)
  • Project Type

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

    2020-12-13
  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number

    81141

Nearby projects

..within 200 kilometres
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