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Weredifferentthanelsewhere.Wedogooutwehuntwildlifewildanimalsandwecampwegoshingwetakephotoswegatherberriesandfirewood.Weactuallygooutside.SuzanneCarrireEnvironmentandNaturalResources10TuesdayJune242014TobookatLadyEvelynFallsTerritorialParkvisitLadyEvelynFallsTerritorialParktogetalittlecloser.Campingisaboutgettingaway.Awaytoariversideparadisewhereyoucanswimshandhiketobreathtakingviews.Teressomethingaboutgettingintouchwithnaturethatalwaysgetsyoumoreintouchwitheachother.GotheextramilethissummerandexploreNWparks.EnvironmentNatureByDALICARMICHAELWhentheresultsofthenationwide2012Cana-dianNatureSurveywereKnowledgeableaboutnatureintheNWTNationwidestudymeasuresoutdooractivitycomprehensionofconceptsreleasedonJune6itdidntsurpriseDr.SuzanneCar-rirethatpeopleintheNorthwestTerritoriesratedhighwhenitcametopar-ticipationandknowledgeofnature-basedactivitiesandideas.WhatdidstartleherwasthattheNorthwestTerrito-rieshadneverbeenincludedinsuchasurveybecauseofclaimsthattheterritoryssmallpopulationofjustover40000wouldbetooinsigni-canttoimpactnationalresults.CarrireabiodiversitybiologistactedastheNWTrepresentativeforthesurveywhichwaslastconductedin1996.Shesaidindependentterritorialstudieshadpre-viouslybeenconductedtomeasuresimilarconceptsbutwantedtheterritorytobeincludedsoresultscouldbecomparednationwide.Tobeincludedinthesur-veytheNWTteamneededtogatherdatafrom1000participants.Theygot962justenoughtobestatisti-callyvalid.IntheNorthwestTerritoriesspecicallysomeresidentswerecontactedbye-mailorprovidedanelec-troniccopyofthesurveyandaskedtoparticipate.SurveyswerealsomadeavailableatvariousdepartmentofEn-vironmentandNaturalRe-sourcesENRofcescre-atinganopt-insamplethatwasnotusedinanyotherpartsofthecountry.AnaturaleconomyFrom2012to2013Canadagenerated41.3billioninna-ture-relatedspendingfromarangeofexpendituresinclud-ingtransportationaccommo-dationsfoodequipmentandconservation.Duringthatpe-riodtheterritoryspentover113millionandhadthe11thhighestexpendituresofanyprovinceorterritory.OnamacrolevelthatkindofspendingmightnotseemsignicantCarriresaid.Howeverterritorialresi-dentsspendapproximately4022perpersonannuallymeaningtheNWTreportedthesecondhighestindivid-ualexpenditureonnature-basedactivitiesoutofanyotherprovinceorterritory.ElevenpercentofCana-dians-about2.7million-reportedthattheirprimaryincomecamefromnature-basedprofessions.Thatnum-berwasslightlyhigherintheNWTat13percentwiththemostpopularnature-basedoccupationsbeinginenvi-ronmentalconsultationandwildlifemanagementat2percenteach.LovingnatureintheNorthWhatdoesntsurprisemeisthehighnumbersCarri-resaid.Weredifferentthanelsewhere.Wedogooutwehuntwildlifewildanimalsandwecampwegoshingwetakephotoswegatherberriesandfirewood.Weactuallygooutside.Infact67percentofNWTdwellersreportedthattheyintentionallychosetoliveinaplacewithcloseraccesstonature.Thisnumberisslightlyhigherthanthena-tionalaveragewhichsitsatjustunder50percentofthepopulation.Thetopoutdooractivi-tiesintheNorthwestTer-ritoriesincludedpicnickingorrelaxinginnature82percenthikinghorseridingorreadingandviewingnaturemedia70percenteachandengaginginnon-motorizedwaterandbeachactivitiesincludingpaddlesports59percent.Forthemostpartthosetrendsreflectedna-tionwideresultswiththeexceptionofbirdingwhichwasreportedlylowerthannationalnumbers.Highcomprehensionofnature-relatedconceptsDailyexpendituresonna-tureeducationintheNorth-westTerritoriesweresigni-cantlyhigherthananyotherprovinceorterritorywork-ingouttoanaveragerateof90aday.Thismayexplainthehighcomprehensionrateterritorialresidentshadregardingna-ture-relatedconcepts.Ninetypercentofrespondentssaidtheyhadheardthetermspe-ciesatriskbeforethesur-veyand18percentreportedactuallydonatingtoaspe-ciesatriskwithinthepastyear.Eighty-ninepercentoflocalrespondentsknewaboutbiodiversitywhile73percentknewaboutavailableecosystemsservices.ForallofthesetermstheNorth-westTerritoriesshowedthatithasacomprehensionrateonparorhigherthanthena-tionalrate.ReporttosupportconservationThefinalreporttitled2012CanadianNatureFilephotoStudyAwarenesspartici-pationandexpendituresinnature-basedrecreationconservationandsubsis-tenceactivitieswillbeusedtoprovideinsightforpolicyandprogramneedsofvari-ousorganizationsworkingtomanagetheconserva-tionandsustainableuseofCanadasbiodiversity.Datawerecollectedfromover24000respondentsfrom2012to2013.Thestudywasconductedwithcontributionsfromall13provincesandterritoriesaswellassixfederalagen-ciesAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentAgricultureandAgri-foodEnvironmentFisheriesandOceansNaturalResourcesandParksCanada.Formoreinformationortoreadthefullreportheadtohttpwww.biodivcanada.cadlangEnn2A0569A9-1The2012CanadianNatureSurveyreportmeasureshowmuchCanadiansparticipateinoutdooractivitieswhattheyknowaboutnature-relatedconceptsandtheeconomicsofnature.