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The New Strategic Importance of Parks (NWT)

The small Dene community of Lutsel K’e (Northwest Territories) has joined with the government of Canada to create an enormous park, reports (or here). The park will cover about 30,000 square kilometres, or, be about four times the size of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA.

The Lutsel K’e turned down a chance to create a park like this thirty years ago because they feared it would interfer with their hunting rights. Now, in an intriguing reversal, the community sees the creation of a park as a way of preventing mining claims. Parks Canada is now an ally in the efforts to protect hunting grounds and the herds of caribou which stand to suffer from mining.

The Washington Post also covers the story and spins it into a lament for the lack of park creation in the United States.

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