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CPAWS presents J.B. Harkin Award to three outstanding conservationists

  • Published on Oct 24 2013 |
  • This article is tagged as: harkin

On the occasion of CPAWS’ 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to three outstanding individuals for their lifetime service to Canadian wilderness conservation.

The awards were presented to Harvey Locke and John Marsh for their work nationally on conservation, and to Ric Careless for his work regionally within British Columbia.

From left to right: Harvey Locke, Ric Careless, John Marsh - the 2013 J.B. Harkin Award Recipients

Harvey Locke

For over three decades Harvey has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of parks, ecological integrity and connectivity across the landscape in Canada and throughout the world.  

A former CPAWS board president, he has been deeply involved in the creation and expansion of many parks and wilderness areas, particularly in his beloved Rocky Mountains, where he has also led projects to acquire private land for wildlife connectivity between protected areas and also been integrally involved in the promotion of highway crossing structures to ensure safe passage for wildlife.

His focus on protecting the integrity of Banff National Park, the Bow Valley, the expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, the founding of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and efforts to ensure the protection of the Flathead and Elk River Valleys will be lasting contributions. Harvey has also worked in philanthropy in the United States, helped to incubate a trans-boundary conservation vision for the Northern Appalachians, and has served on the executive committees of the 8th, 9th and 10th World Wilderness Congresses. At WILD 9 he launched the Nature Needs Half movement.

John Marsh

For over 50 years, John has made and continues to make strong conservation contributions at the local, regional, national and international levels, through research, scientific reports, presentations and writings.

He was an early supporter and strong proponent of wilderness in Canada beginning in the 1960s, and an early voice for marine parks. His expeditions in Glacier National Park, Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, advanced conservation efforts there significantly.  He helped in creating Interpretation Canada 37 years ago, and as a professor at Trent University, taught Wilderness Resource Management, led development of its master’s degree in Canadian Heritage and Development Studies, and founded and directed the Canada-wide Trails Study Unit. 

John has been a lifelong member of CPAWS, as a founding member in 1967 of the Calgary Chapter, serving on the national board 1977 – 1984 and its President 1979-1982, and as editor of Park News 1978 -1985, with special publications such as The Land Speaks and Snow War. 

Ric Careless

For over four decades Ric has been devoted to advancing the cause of parks, ecological integrity and wilderness throughout British Columbia.

He has been deeply involved in the creation and expansion of many parks, particularly the Tatshenshini-Alsek, Spatsizi Plateau, Stikine River, Height of the Rockies, Pacific Rim's Nitinat Triangle and the region of BC that he coined 'the Chilcotin Ark'.

His focus on trying to ensure the system of BC's provincial parks had long-term endurance, regardless of who was in government, will be a lasting contribution to society. Ric began his BC conservation work in the early 1970's with the establishment of Sierra Club-Vancouver Island, the first Sierra Club affiliate in Canada. Since that time Ric has served in a variety of influential positions ranging from the provincial government to various tourism and wilderness agencies. His two decades of work at BC Spaces for Nature has been steadfast and critical to the parks and wilderness movement in BC.

“The type of groundbreaking work done by these remarkable individuals is inspirational, and provides a model for us to follow in years to come in protecting more of Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness,” says Sherri Watson.


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