A Triumph for Wilderness

     I am happy to report the dramatic expansion of one of the world’s greatest wilderness treasures!  The Nahanni National Park Reserve in Canada’s Northwest Territories, an ecological treasure of global significance, has been expanded by six times.  It is now more than three times as large as Yellowstone National Park in the U.S.

     Conservationists are celebrating the park’s expansion.  The widened boundaries will protect 12,000 square miles of  habitat for grizzly bears, woodland caribou, and Dall’s sheep.  Included in the new boundaries are Canada’s deepest river canyons, as well as the highest mountains and the largest glaciers in the Northwest Territories.

     Also protected, thanks to the expansion, will be a globally unique concentration of  caves, rock towers, sinkholes, hot springs mounds, and waterfalls twice the height of Niagara Falls.

     The added protection comes none too soon, maintains Dr. John Weaver of the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.  Weaver and many other conservationists had been worried about imminent industrial developments that would have had a major impact on the region.  Pressure was great to mine the region and to extract oil and gas.  Now such efforts have been stopped.  

     The Nahanni National Park Reserve was the first site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Enlargement of the park is “arguably the most important act of environmental protection in a generation, said Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper.–April Moore


3 Responses to “A Triumph for Wilderness”

  1. Diane Says:

    Always good to hear of these triumphs from the work of environmentalists. Diane

  2. Tanya Says:

    That truly is exciting news. Thanks, April, for reporting it.

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