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The Magnificent Nahanni extols the natural wonders of the South Nahanni Valley in the Northwest Territories of Canada – 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.
A Note on Terminology
PART 1 : THE WONDERS OF THE NAHANNI: PLANNING FOR A NATIONAL PARK RESERVE
CHAPTER 1: Envisioning the Magnificent Nahanni
CHAPTER 2: Creating the Initial Nahanni National Park Reserve: Ideal Wilderness and Top-Down Planning
CHAPTER 3: The Struggle for Expansion: New Ideas and Approaches in the 1980s and 1990s
PART II: WHY AND HOW THE NATURAL QUALITIES OF THE NAHANNI WERE CONSERVED IN THE PAST
CHAPTER 4 : The Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade: The Early Years
CHAPTER 5: The Nineteenth-Century Fur Trade: The Later Years
CHAPTER 6: Mining and Mixed Economy
CHAPTER 7: Conserving the Ecological Integrity of the Nahanni for More than Two Hundred Years
PART III: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES
CHAPTER 8: Challenges and Opportunities
CHAPTER 9: Analogies with Experience Elsewhere
A Note on Sources
Appendix A: A Timeline for the Protection of the Nahanni
Appendix B: A List of Traditional Place Names in the Dene Language
"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
"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