BC Parks history focus of upcoming lecture

  • Sep. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.

With recent mining accidents affecting B.C.’s wilderness and nature reserves, and Kinder Morgan proposing to reset the boundaries of four provincial parks in order to expand its pipeline system, BC Parks are increasingly the subject of public interest and scrutiny.

Although most British Columbians take pride in and use their parks, few know their history and fewer still know the development of the policies that have guided the establishment of more than 1,000 parks and reserves throughout the province.

One of the few individuals who can claim to know and understand our parks is James D. Anderson.

As part of its educational mandate, Comox Valley Nature will host a one-hour illustrated lecture on BC Park history and policy by Anderson. He is a retired planner and member of the Council of BC Parks Elders.

Anderson brings a wealth of experience in the development of BC parks and the policies that have guided their development.

Anderson is the author of British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years (Harbour Publishing, 2011) and a more comprehensive and detailed BC Parks 1911 to 2011: A Centennial, Provincial Parks as Reflective of the Times (2010). Anyone wanting to understand the changes that BC Parks are experiencing today will find this lecture of interest.

This lecture will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website www.comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/  or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.


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