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Natural Resources committee  Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. I will make opening remarks and we will both be available for questions. The protected areas establishment and conservation branch oversees important national programs, including the establishment of new national parks a

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  I'll start and allow Gilles to add. We work in co-operation with several partners who really are leading some of the monitoring on that. As was stated, we have developed a mountain pine beetle management plan for the park that involves several specific objectives related to the

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  I do not have the answer to that question.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  Yes. Gilles, I don't know if you have anything to add on that.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  I have found my table. Some of our fire interventions are as small as 10 hectares. The largest one, at Talbot Lake—these are planned ones—will be up to 4,000 hectares.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  That's right. Yes.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  It's the whitebark pine.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  In the case of that species, which is an endangered species, some active treatments are being done to limit the impact of the pine beetle, as well as a restoration program and a planning program specifically for that species. Nursery-grown plants are being grown that can then be

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  Mechanized removal.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  We do it where we have access and it doesn't jeopardize ecological values. In a case where that's limited, we're going in much more targeted and with fire where possible.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  The policy and policy statements we have were established in 1994. They still allow flexibility. I would say what's changed over time is the breadth and quality of the data we have, and the partnerships that have been established around subjects such as this. We have much better

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  I would say that it was based on the policy statements that were made, with targeted and specific actions identifying which types of treatments would be used, but still fundamentally respecting the policy statements within the agency.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  We spent, just in 2016 and 2017, about $1.8 million on a variety of fire- and forest-related activities, which included a number of actions specific to the mountain pine beetle. So that was spent, and a number of prescribed burns were targeted. As well, this winter there will b

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  It is a naturally occurring species, so the plan and the hope is to return the ecological integrity of the park. That includes the presence of this species but in numbers that don't jeopardize the ecological integrity, public safety and other interests. It's not full eradication.

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Natural Resources committee  That continues to happen in a number of areas around the park. Parks Canada implements the “fire safe” program and is really coordinated with provincial governments and internationally, particularly with the U.S., in terms of using the best science for fire practices. Fire-smarti

October 2nd, 2018Committee meeting

Darlene Upton