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Print Price: $134.99

504 pp.
42 photos, 22 figures, 12 maps, 6" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Parks and Protected Areas in Canada

Planning and Management, Fourth Edition

Edited by Philip Dearden, Rick Rollins and Mark Needham

Bringing together a list of outstanding scholars and officials from the academic world, Canada's public service, and non-governmental organizations, Parks and Protected Areas in Canada gives students a comprehensive look at Canadian park management and planning. The text also takes an in-depth view of the contemporary issues relating to parks and protected space management in Canada today.

Readership : Parks and Protected Areas in Canada: Planning and Management 4e is a core text for upper-year courses on parks and protected areas offered through geography and environmental science departments at both the university and college level.


  • "I have never been able to find another single book which covers the field as well as this one."
    --Paul F. Wilkinson, York University

  • "This book contributes to the understanding and management of a precious resource - our protected areas. Without this information, we could easily lose our parks to development."
    --Allen MacPherson, Trent University

Part One: Overview
1. Mark D. Needham, Philip Dearden, Rick Rollins, Kevin McNamee: Parks and Protected Areas in Canada
2. Philip Dearden: International Perspectives
Part Two: Theory and Practice
3. Jeannette C. Theberge, John B. Theberge, Philip Dearden: Protecting Park Ecosystems: The Application of Ecological Concepts and Active Management
4. Mark D. Needham, Wolfgang Haider, Rick Rollins: Protected Areas and Visitors: Theory, Planning, and Management
5. Glen T. Hvenegaard and John Shultis: Interpretation in Protected Areas
Part Three: Park Systems and Beyond
6. Pamela A. Wright: Managing the National Parks
7. Christopher D. Malcom: Provincial Parks and Protected Areas
8. John Shultis and Glen T. Hvenegaard: Urban Parks: History, Benefit, and Current Issues NEW!
9. R. Harvey Lemelin, Margaret E. Johnstone, Jackie Dawson: Northern Parks and Protected Areas
10. Jessica Dempsley and Philip Dearden: Stewardship: Expanding Ecosystem Protection
11. Philip Dearden and Rosaline Canessa: Marine Protected Areas
Part Four: Cross-Cutting Issues
12. Philip Dearden and Nathan Bennett: The Role of Aboriginal Peoples and National Parks
13. Rick Rollins, Philip Dearden, David Fennell: Tourism, Ecotourism, and Protected Areas
14. Christopher J. Lemieux: Planning and Managing Canada's Protected Areas in an Era of Rapid Climate Change NEW!
Part Five: Concluding Perspectives
15. Rick Rollins, Philip Dearden, Mark D. Needham: Challenges for the Future

Instructor Resources
Online Image Bank:
Includes all images, tables and figures from the text
E-Book ISBN 9780199009947

Philip Dearden is a professor and chair of geography at the University of Victoria. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN and has been active in the planning and management of protected areas in many different countries, especially in Asia. He is the chair of Canada's Working Group on Marine Protected Areas under the Ocean Management Research Network and co-chair of Parks Canada's NMCA Marine Science Network. He is particularly interested in incentive-based conservation in marine environments and zoning and has an active research program on the topic in Southeast Asia. He is the co-author of Environmental Change and Challenge: A Canadian Perspective also published by Oxford University Press Canada.

Rick Rollins is a faculty member in the Department of Recreation and Tourism at Malaspina University College and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. His teaching and research deal with recreation behaviour and management in natural settings.

Mark Needham is an associate professor at Oregon State University and the Gene D. Knudson Chair in Forestry Education. He also serves as director of the Natural Resources, Tourism, and Recreation (NATURE) Studies Lab. He is the editor of the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife. His research interests include the human dimensions of natural resources, recreation, tourism, and wildlife; the social psychology of natural resource issues, marine and terrestrial parks and protected areas; ski area management, norms, and standards of quality; and carrying capacity and crowding.

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Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences - Iain Hay and Philip Giles

Special Features

  • Canadian case studies, examples, commentary, and theory provide an in-depth look at park management in this country.
  • Balances theory and real-life examples - such as the restoration of Kootenay's Fir Forests and the Nunavut agreement - to help students see the practical applications of the material.
  • A variety of perspectives give students access to diverse contributions from Canadian scholars, public officials, and members of non-governmental organizations.
New to this Edition
  • New chapter on urban and near-urban parks and protected areas introduces students to significant debates over ecological integrity on overly stressed environments. (Ch. 8)
  • New chapter on climate change presents students with an introduction to one of the most important issues affecting parks and protected areas today. (Ch. 14)
  • Expanded coverage of international conservation strategies encourages students to explore how these strategies might be productively applied in Canada.
  • New critical thought questions added to the end of every chapter engage students and promote classroom discussion.
  • New online image bank of all images, tables, and figures from the text provides materials to enhance the classroom experience.