The Magnificent Nahanni
The Struggle to Protect a Wild Place
ISBN: 978-0-88977-460-5
Year: 2017
Pages: 304
Binding: Paperback

"Fascinating and impressive." Thomas Gunton, Director of Resource and Environmental Planning, Simon Fraser University and former Deputy Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks, Government of British Columbia.

The Magnificent Nahanni extols the natural wonders of the South Nahanni Valley--its untamed waters, high, glaciated mountains, great falls, deep canyons, extensive forests, alpine tundra, and diverse wildlife, including caribou, wolf, Dall's sheep, and grizzly bear. It is also the story of cooperative efforts to conserve this area of the Northwest Territories as a National Park while enabling Indigenous people to continue to hunt and fish there.

"Just as the Nahanni is an exceptional place, this is no ordinary book. It contains reflections on this remarkable national park landscape by one of the keenest students of parks and protected areas this country has ever produced." Harvey Locke, co-founder of Yellowstone-Yukon Conservation Initiative and past president of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

"[A]n exemplary multi-discipline approach to land use studies and cooperative approaches to researach, planning and land management, especially involving Indigenous and non-governmental gorups--in short, this book makes a major contribution to research." John S. Marsh, co-editor, Changing Parks


Table of Contents


The Nahanni: A Special Place on Earth

A Note on Terminology

Making a Case for this Book


List of Figures


Chapter 1: Nahanni: The Wilderness Ideal

Chapter 2: Creating the Initial Nahanni National Park Reserve

Chapter 3: The Struggle for Expansion: New Ideas and Approaches in the 1980s and 1990s

Chapter 4: The 19th Century Fur Trade: The Early Years

Chapter 5: The 19th Century Fur Trade: The Later Years

Chapter 6: The Mining Era in the 20th Century

Chapter 7: Land Use, Landscape, and Ecosystem Changes in the Nahanni Watershed: A Summing Up

Chapter 8: Challenges and Opportunities

Chapter 9: Analogies with Experiences Elsewhere

A Note on Sources


Selected References

Cited Correspondence on Prairie Creek Mine

Gordon Nelson

Gordon Nelson has received the Massey Medal, the Parks Canada Natural Heritage Award, an Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography, and the Harkin Medal. He is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
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