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June 24, 2013

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Strathcona Park faces future species loss

Climate change will impact more sensitive species in Strathcona Provincial Park than any other park in BC, says a new study led by the University of Victoria. The research team from UVic’s Geography SPAR Lab (spatial pattern analysis research) used mapping technology to predict future environmental changes in all of BC’s provincial parks.

Strathcona park, established in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in BC. It will experience an increase in vegetation and a growing tree line, says the SPAR lab research team. Climate stress and a heightened tree line would negatively impact the growth of the mountain heather alpine environment—an environment that the Vancouver Island marmot thrives in. “By modeling future conditions we hope conservationists will make smart decisions about biodiversity in our provincial parks,” says researcher Keith Holmes. They hope their mapping tool will help conservationists with future parks planning and long term preservation of biodiversity.

For a link to the research article: http://www.mdpi.com/1424-2818/5/2/352
For more info on the SPAR Lab: http://www.geog.uvic.ca/spar/index.html

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Keith Holmes (Geography SPAR Lab researcher) at 250-858-7730 or holmes.keith@gmail.com
Anne MacLaurin (Communications, Social Sciences) at 250-217-4259 or sosccomm@uvic.ca

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