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The Magnificent Nahanni

The Struggle to Protect a Wild Place

by (author) Gordon Nelson

foreword by Harvey Locke

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Mountains, Territories & Nunavut
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“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, colourful tufa mounds, great falls, deep canyons, caves and karst, extensive forests, alpine tundra, and diverse wildlife, including Dall’s sheep, caribou, wolf, and grizzly bear. It is also the story of cooperative efforts to conserve the area 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

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

About the authors

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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Harvey Locke is a conservationist, writer, and photographer. He is co-founder of the Yellowstone-Yukon Conservation Initiative and past president of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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Editorial Reviews

"If you are looking for a comprehensive history of the four-decade struggle to protect this biologically and culturally rich area, then this is the right book."