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The political economy of wilderness designation in Nova ScotiaAuthor(s): Glyn Bissix; Leah Levac; Peter Horvath
Source: In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 377-382.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThis paper traces the various policy stimuli shaping the development of the Nova Scotia Wilderness Areas Protection Act (December, 1998). It does so by examining international, national, provincial, and local influences on wilderness designation, legislative structure, and implementation issues that influenced, or are likely to influence, wilderness area management. By combining content analysis of theoretical literature, governmental and legislative documents, transcripts of key-actor semi-structured interviews including provincial politicians, government officers, and a first nations' leader, as well as input from wilderness policy experts and mass media analysis; this study identified a number of key issues likely to daunt the most avid supporter of wilderness preservation in Nova Scotia. Close examination of the Wilderness Act's composition and giving specific attention to the Jim Cambells Barrens Wilderness, the Polletts Cove/Aspy Fault, and the Cloud Lake Wilderness Areas, this analysis suggests that wilderness managers have very difficult challenges ahead in maintaining ecological integrity while allowing for a broad range of recreational and other nonconforming uses.
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CitationBissix, Glyn; Levac, Leah; Horvath, Peter. 2002. The political economy of wilderness designation in Nova Scotia. In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 377-382.
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