Parks Canada

Parks Canada

April 24, 2007 11:00 ET

Forillon National Park of Canada Implements an Advisory Committee

GASPE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 24, 2007) - Local organizations representing different areas of activity have participated in an implementation meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Forillon National Park of Canada on March 16. During this meeting, representatives from 12 organizations discussed the role, objectives, operating mode and composition of this advisory committee.

The advisory committee will help identify key projects and sustainable solutions to shared challenges involving visitor experience and protection of the parks natural and cultural heritage. It also will promote mutual understanding of each side's interests and needs. Together, the committee members will identify guiding principles to shape the revision of the development plan for the Forillon National Park of Canada.

This Parks Canada initiative was strongly supported by the community during the November 2006 public forum. With the creation of the advisory committee, Parks Canada translates into action its desire to work more closely with the local population and local organizations in order to secure the future of the park and contribute to Gaspe's regional development. This collaboration will allow Parks Canada to fulfill its mandate to protect and present Canada's cultural and natural heritage.

Forillon National Park is an important traffic-builder and, as such, a key element in the development of the tourism industry in the Gaspe Peninsula. Therefore, the Committee's first objective will be to chart the profile of the region's tourism industry and to define the park and region's attendance increase potential.

Summary of the forum

Nearly 150 people participated in the public exchange and information meetings held on November 29 and 30, 2006 in Gaspe. The deadline for submitting agenda items was set on February 16.

Parks Canada received 35 documents and commentary, 19 from various organizations and 16 from individuals. Minutes from the public forum will be released in Spring 2007. Next, the documents and commentary submitted, including those submitted during the public forum, will be taken into consideration for the creation of the management plan.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Stephane Marchand
    Director
    Gaspesie Management Department
    418-368-5505