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Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario Towards a Research Agenda Erin Mosley 1 , Steve Kingston 1  and Bob Payn...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provincial Parks and Conserv...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>October, 2007 Event </li></ul>...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online survey (insitefulsurveys.c...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Workshop (February, 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mo...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Towards a Research Agenda </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop produc...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Visitors and Their Effects on Parks and Protected Areas </l...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Fire and Disturbance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do ...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>First Nations Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What ca...
Parks and Protected Areas  in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore challenges of doing re...
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  1. 1. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario Towards a Research Agenda Erin Mosley 1 , Steve Kingston 1 and Bob Payne 2 1 Ontario Parks, Northwest Zone Office, Thunder Bay 2 Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
  2. 2. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ research” and science </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internal research agenda </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>External research agenda </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ecological integrity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario Parks, Northwest Zone and Lakehead University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First Nations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>October, 2007 Event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Zone Research Agenda </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steering Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario Parks, Lakehead University, Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, Pukaskwa National Park </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strategize to develop a research agenda for parks and protected areas in northwestern Ontario </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online survey (insitefulsurveys.com) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>95 contacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario Parks, OMNR, CNFER, Lakehead University, Lakehead Region Conservation Authority, City of Thunder Bay, ENGOs and consultants </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>36 responses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13 from Ontario Parks; 13 from LU </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>132 research needs/questions identified </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Workshop (February, 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modified “nominal group technique” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>132 research needs/questions grouped into 19 categories </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g., Visitor impacts, Life science, First Nations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 groups selected based upon “red dot” exercise </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Break-out groups developed research questions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Towards a Research Agenda </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop produced four areas for research focus: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representation and Values of Protected Areas in Ontario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How effective are the current surrogates of biodiversity (the “L/V&quot; approach) used by Ontario Parks ? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Visitors and Their Effects on Parks and Protected Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the effects of development outside boundaries? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the impacts of visitor activities? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the benefits of parks in economic, social, ecological terms? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the effects of “non-conforming uses” that occur both inside and outside boundaries? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>Fire and Disturbance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do fire regimes and natural fire cycles function within parks and protected areas? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Within the context of park management planning, how do we determine: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What areas are most likely to burn in parks? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to plan and to manage around this? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If seasonality affects prescribed burns? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><ul><li>First Nations Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What can be learned from co-management case studies regarding its effectiveness? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What can be learned from case studies on integrating aboriginal values (TEK) into planning/management processes? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Parks and Protected Areas in Northwestern Ontario <ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore challenges of doing research in parks and protected areas in northwestern Ontario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore possibility of a one day research workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a web site to share first steps towards a research agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop research proposals </li></ul></ul>
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