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Major Research Orientations at Parc national de la Gaspésie

Having extensive knowledge of the parks to better preserve them is the foundation that justifies the efforts invested in inventories, monitoring programs and scientific research. At Parc national de la Gaspésie, many studies take place annually in several disciplines.

A combination of ecological and human factors interacts with the survival of Gaspésie caribou. Current knowledge implies that the survival of this unique population depends on the quality of the habitat outside the park. Research is currently being done to identify the best ways to manage the caribou habitat and to mitigate socio-economic impacts

Climate change and invasive exotic species are now commonly discussed topics. The invasive Didymo alga (Didymospenia geminata) has been found in Rivière Sainte-Anne. This large salmon river in the Gaspésie, which crosses and drains a large area of Parc national de la Gaspésie, is being monitored.

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Alpine tundra

Parc national de la Gaspésie is one of the largest expanses of alpine tundra in eastern North America. This territory, located south of the St. Lawrence River, is therefore a major attraction for scientists, since its proximity greatly facilitates the study of the dynamics of the tree line in the context of climate change.

For the past few years, the park has therefore been collaborating with several universities to improve knowledge on this subject. Since 2012, the vegetation has been monitored on four of the park’s summits as part of the international GLORIA project (GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine environnements). This station is one of only two in Eastern North America. The Chic-Chocs station is part of a network of 115 stations distributed throughout the world. Every five years, researchers from Université de Moncton take vegetation surveys along four transects oriented on the cardinal points. These surveys will allow the documentation of changes in vegetation and better equip managers to attempt to manage or implement conservation actions.

Credit: Marc L'Italien

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