Conference to Explore the Future of Parks and Protected Areas

"Putting Research into Action" is the theme of a conference that will be held at UNBC starting Monday. The event is expected to draw about 150 researchers and protected area managers/planners from BC, Alberta, Washington, and Alaska with the intent of applying research to the pressing issues affecting the future of parks and protected areas throughout British Columbia.

“The most pressing issues for our parks include forest management and restoration in the wake of the pine beetle, the effects of climate change, the encroachment of competing land uses, and understanding the changing expectations of park visitors,” says Pamela Wright, a UNBC professor in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program and Chair of the conference. “It’s especially gratifying to see UNBC’s emergence as a university that is paying attention to these issues. In fact, 15 of the research presentations during the conference will come from UNBC students, alumni, or faculty.”

The conference will be held at UNBC from December 1-3. A prominent Canadian adventurer will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Wade Davis, an “explorer in residence” for the National Geographic Society and the 2009 Massey Lecturer.