No, they didn't, other than a vague reference to "improving" the existing parks
as well as creating the new ones. I got the impression that the size increase
would come from the new parks; I didn't know they were going to increase any of
the existing ones. Waterton's limited at its SE corner by an exclave of the Blood
Reserve, isn't it? I assume they mean to go north by northwest, along the
continental divide, but I'm only guessing.
In fact, I'd like to see them amalgamate four parks into one. Right now I think
Wood Buffalo is the largest national park in North America, but I bet if they
combined Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho (which are all contiguous anyway) and
called the new one just "Rocky Mountain National Park" that that would be at
least as big as Wood Buffalo, don't you think?
And then, if they added the Kananaskis country, which is a provincial
recreational area or some such designation, that would link up Rocky Mountain
with Waterton into one huge super park. That in turn could form part of the Y2Y
corridor that some people are talking about: a Yukon-to-Yellowstone corridor for
wildlife. They'd have to increase Yellowstone northwest, Glacier southeast, and
add some kind of park in between to span the eastern slope of Montana's western
border. Then they could fold in some of BC's provincial parks in the north, and
one of the 3 new parks yet to be officially announced which is going to be in the
southern Yukon, and that would link to Kluane, and you'd have your corridor: all
the way from the Alaskan border into NW Wyoming.
Tom Matkin wrote:
> They also announced, or it was said that the government would announce,
> that Waterton National Park (the northern contiguous sister park to
> Glacier National Park) will be increased in size. I was wondering if I
> would wake up this morning and find that I now lived in a National Park.
> Did they announce the particulars of the intended increase?
> Cardston, Alberta
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Marc A. Schindler [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: October 3, 2002 4:25 PM
> > To: zion-l
> > Subject: [ZION] New National Parks
> > 10 new national parks have been announced, increasing the area of our
> > national parks by 50%:
> > RKN/national/national/nationalTheNationHeadline_temp/3/3/30/>>
> > There's no map online, so here's a summary list of the parks and where
> > they are:
> > 1. Northern Bathurst Island: in the Arctic Archipelago, near the
> > north magnetic pole
> > 2. East arm of Great Slave Lake (tundra meets the northern edge of
> > the boreal forest; caribou and other wildlife)
> > 3. Gwali Haunas Marine (Queen Charlotte Islands; Gwaii is the Haida
> > word for "Haida")
> > 4. & 5. Gulf Islands and Gulf Islands Marine (Canadian side of the
> > Gulf Islands north of Puget Sound)
> > 6. Manitoba Lowlands ("Interlaken" muskeg area where the Canadian
> > shield meets the eastern edge of the boreal forest)
> > 7. Mealy Mountains (mountains lining the big inlet where Happy
> > Valley-Goose Bay NATO base is, in Labrador)
> > 8. Torngat Mountains (northern tip of Labrador and east side of
> > Quebec's Ungava Bay)
> > 9. Ukkusiksalik (Wager Bay); reversing waterfall on Chesterfield
> > Inlet, polar bear habitat
> > 10. North Shore of Lake Superior (marine park)
> > There are already 39 national parks; this will make 49; and Chrétien
> > said he will announce 3 more in the coming months.
> > --
> > Marc A. Schindler
> > Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
> > "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too
> > and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our
> > mark."
> > --Michelangelo Buonarroti
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