This interactive exhibit explains the relationship between whitebark pine, fire and woodland caribou in Canada’s mountain national parks.
A special interactive exhibit from Parks Canada is setting up shop at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for the next two months. The "What's the Connection" exhibit looks at the ties between whitebark pine, fire, and woodland caribou in Canada's mountain national parks. The main exhibit has already been at major locations in Vancouver and Edmonton. It also shows how the September wildfire has impacted the whitebark pine and landscape at Waterton Lakes National Park. In Lethbridge, the exhibit starts Wednesday (Nov. 8) and runs right through to January 7th. This Friday (Nov. 10), Parks Canada interpreters will be on hand at Helen Schuler from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to officially open the touring exhibit. This popular exhibit showcases the relationship between fire and whitebark pine, including the role of that species in sustaining the watershed and the wildlife species that rely on its seeds for food. Parks Canada says its committed to the long-term restoration and protection of species-at-risk including whitebark pine and woodland caribou. As part of that work, it continues to research and monitor whitebark pine and woodland caribou, and in Waterton, the endangered limber pine as well. The results will be used to help direc future conservation actions. - Pat Siedlecki with files from Parks Canada