Murphys Point Provincial Park Management Plan
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act
Summary of Proposal:
Murphys Point Provincial Park is a 1239 hectare natural environment class park located in southeastern Ontario, approximately 19 kilometres south of the town of Perth in Lanark County. The park occupies an area on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield and is situated along the Rideau Canal; a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated World Heritage Site.
Murphys Point is an operating park with a wide range of recreational facilities including: 174 campsites, 13 trails, two maintained beaches, two day use areas, a boat launch, ski trails, a visitor centre, amphitheatre and natural and cultural heritage interpretation features and programs.
The park protects life science, earth science and cultural heritage features. Significant park values include: mature deciduous forest and wetland ecosystems; species at risk and their habitat; other provincially and regionally rare species; old mine sites and 19th century homesteads.
Management direction for the park is currently provided in a park management plan approved in 1984. Based on an examination, it was determined that this plan is outdated and does not contain sufficient direction for the protection of park values. New management direction, in the form of a re-written management plan, will be developed for the park. A new management plan will ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural values, and guide the park's use and management for a 20 year period.
Two stages of Aboriginal, public and stakeholder involvement will occur during the management planning process for Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Park boundary changes, including the addition of an acquired parcel of land, will be proposed through this management planning process. If the proposed policy is approved, a subsequent regulation change will be made to Ontario Regulation 316/07 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act to establish the boundaries consistent with the policy decision. No additional opportunity for public comment on the boundary regulation will be provided.
January 25, 2012
Comments Due Date:
March 12, 2012