Parks Canada and Lakehead University Collaborate to Develop the Framework for a Lake Superior Shared Knowledge Community
(May 25, 2012 – Thunder Bay, ON)
Yesterday, Parks Canada and Lakehead University signed a Memorandum of
Understanding that will guide the two organizations in collaborating on
research efforts aimed at better understanding the dynamics of Lake Superior’s
coastal environment and its watershed. This strategic approach will increase
our knowledge of the social and ecological systems that support the vulnerable
ecosystems of Lake Superior.
This relationship will complement, support, and advance Parks Canada’s conservation objectives within Pukaskwa National Park and the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (LSNMCA). Specifically, it will contribute scientific expertise to the existing Ecological Integrity Monitoring Program at Pukaskwa. It also will help identify approaches, methodologies, and critical analyses required in establishing an Ecological and Sustainable-use Monitoring Program for the LSNMCA, which covers approximately one-eighth of the lake.
Lake Superior is a globally significant fresh-water lake that contains more than 10 percent of the world’s accessible, potable water. Its biodiversity of flora and fauna, geological features, air-quality, and unique cultural heritage merit proactive management and conservation strategies.
Parks Canada is a world-renowned authority in natural heritage conservation, recently celebrating 100 years of Canada’s national park service (1911-2011). It is an ideal partner in strategic discussions related to scientific research and environmental studies focusing on Lake Superior.
Lakehead University, with two campuses in Ontario, has a strong tradition of supporting excellence and innovation in scientific and environmental studies. The Thunder Bay campus is home to the Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, as well as the North Shore Remedial Action Plan office. It has hosted numerous international conferences and workshops related to Lake Superior and watershed management, including, “Improving the Health of Lake Superior” and a “Lake Tourism Conference.” Lakehead University has been represented on the Interim Management Planning Board for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area since its inception in 2009.
This relationship will contribute to Lakehead University’s vision to become a world leader in research and educational opportunities related to freshwater management, understanding biodiversity, and conservation processes that integrate the vision of northern communities and First Nations.
Through fostering a scientific knowledge community that focuses on Lake Superior, Lakehead’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies expects to attract international experts to Thunder Bay, along with increasing enrolment in graduate and undergraduate programs.
Working together, and with others, the long-term vision of this collaboration between Parks Canada and Lakehead University is to establish a framework for identifying research opportunities and sharing scientific knowledge to better understand the socio-economic impacts of Lake Superior on communities along the north shore.
Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.
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Parks Canada Media Contact Lakehead University Media Contact
Walton Tracey Skehan
Superintendent Communications Officer
Northern Ontario Field Unit Lakehead University
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(807) 346-2908 (807) 343-8372
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.
Last updated May 25, 2012