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Parks Canada and Lakehead Join to Protect Lake Superior

Posted on June 13, 2012

Lakehead's provost and VP academic Rod Hanley and Parks Canada's Mike Walton sign an MOU for collaboration that will help protect Lake Superior. Photo: Lakehead University

Parks Canada and Lakehead University have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on research efforts aimed at better understanding the dynamics of Lake Superior’s coastal environment and its watershed. The intent is to increase knowledge of the social and ecological systems that support the vulnerable ecosystems of Lake Superior.

According to a Lakehead release, 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.

Lakehead University has a 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.

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