About the Greater Fundy Ecosystem Project
One of the major
roles of Canada's National Parks is to maintain ecological integrity.
However, it is becoming increasingly clear that this cannot be achieved
without considering human influences on a regional basis. Atmospheric
pollution, urbanization, forestry and other extractive industries may
all negatively affect ecological integrity of a park, even though these
activities occur beyond park boundaries.
Since 1991 much of the original
research agenda has been integrated into the Fundy
Model Forest, resulting in over 30 research projects. These projects
were summarized in the key publication State of the Greater Fundy Ecosystem (Woodley et
al. 1998) which examined the social and natural history of the area
in and around Fundy National Park, surveyed ecological stresses in the
GFE, and provided a synopses of recent research on the impacts of forestry
practices on biodiversity. A second key document produced by the GFERG
is the Forest
Management Guidelines to Protect Native Biodiversity in the Fundy Model
Forest (Woodley and Forbes 1997). This document provided a wide
range of recommendations for forest management for biodiversity. 'Coarse-filter'
guidelines included recommendations relating to patch size, connectivity,
stream side buffers, mature-overmature forest classes, plantations,
and protected areas. 'Fine-filter' guidelines included recommendations
on coarse woody debris, snags and cavity trees, special tree status,
and road density.