The journal Environment and History has recently published a special issue on non-national parks in Canada and abroad. The issue includes two articles on parks in British Columbia, an article on French regional parks, and an article on parks in Portugal. The editors of the issue also provide an extended introductory essay that outlines new directions in historical research on parks with a specific focus on the integration of Aboriginal history into the history of local and regional parks. I was very pleased to have contributed an article to this excellent special issue of the journal.
Table of Contents:
Introduction. Special Places and Protected Spaces: Historical and Global Perspectives on Non-National Parks in Canada and Abroad.
Keith Thor Carlson and Jonathan Clapperton
Demonstration Wildlife: Negotiating the Animal Landscape of Vancouver’s Stanley Park, 1888-1996.
Desolate Viewscapes: Sliammon First Nation, Desolation Sound Marine Park and Environmental Narratives.
The Vicissitudes of the French Regional Park Model Illustrated through the Life History of the Morvan.
Natural Parks in Portugal: A Way to Become More Ecologically Responsible?
The special issue of the journal was developed out of a NiCHE-sponsored workshop that Keith Thor Carlson and Jonathan Clapperton organized in 2010 at the University of Saskatchewan titled, “Historical and Global Perspectives on Provincial and Local/Regional Parks in Canada”. Workshop participants presented various research case studies of different “non-national parks” from across Canada, Europe, and the United States. A full program for the workshop can be found here and an audio archive of all of the presentations can be found here.
I was also able to record a round table discussion with some of the participants of the workshop for an episode of Nature’s Past. Listeners can download a copy of the episode here.
[audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past18.mp3]Episode 18 Local and Regional Parks: November 21, 2010