Research Provides Valuable Information
A total of 27 scientific research permits for wilderness and ecological reserves and provincial parks were issued in 2006. The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Environment and Conservation, noted that research is very important to protected areas of the province and that all research is encouraged and new research proposals are always welcome.
"This research provides parks staff with important information on population changes in protected areas, such as seabird and shorebird monitoring, it contributes to species lists for reserves like plant, mushroom and insect identification, and it helps provide other biophysical information to aid in protected areas management in the province," said the minister.
Many of the permits issued this year were for ongoing research about the snowshoe hare, seabirds, insects and fossils while others represented new projects. Ten studies focused on seabird foraging, breeding and monitoring at the Witless Bay, Cape St. Mary’s, Funk Island and Gannet Islands Ecological Reserves. Several shorebird surveys were also undertaken at the Codroy Valley and Chance Cove Provincial Parks, and the Piping Plover Guardian Program continued at J.T. Cheeseman, Sandbanks and Codroy Valley Provincial Parks.
A mushroom foray organized by the Humber Natural History Society took place in four protected areas on the Avalon Peninsula (La Manche and Butterpot Provincial Parks, Salmonier Nature Park and Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve), and a total of 99 mushroom species were identified.
Permits to conduct scientific research and monitoring in parks and reserves are mandatory and can be obtained by contacting Jeri Graham, biologist, at 709-635-4529 or by visiting www.gov.nl.ca/parks. For further details on research conducted in reserves in 2006 see the table below. The Parks and Natural Areas Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation is the management agency responsible for the 18 wilderness and ecological reserves and 32 provincial parks in Newfoundland and Labrador.
List of Scientific Research in Parks and Reserves in 2006
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