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David Henry to receive conservation award for lifetime achievements in Saskatchewan

  • Published on Sep 19 2014 |
  • This article is tagged as: harkin, CPAWS

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce that David Henry will receive the J.B. Harkin Medal at Nature Saskatchewan’s Fall Meet Banquet on September 20th at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina. 

The J.B. Harkin Medal is named after the founder of Canada’s national parks system. CPAWS is conferring the medal on Dr. David Henry in recognition of his lifetime contribution to national parks, protected areas, and nature conservation more generally in the Prairie region. Henry has made significant contributions to the establishment of parks and the protection of wilderness at the Saskatchewan and national level, in both a volunteer and a staff capacity.

He played a major leadership role in the public campaign that led to the establishment of Grasslands National Park in southwest Saskatchewan 26 years ago. He also served for three years on the Advisory Committee for Prince Albert National Park in central Saskatchewan. He undertook important work along with other colleagues to help organize a public campaign for revising the National Parks Act of Canada, introducing the concept of ecological integrity and Zone II Wilderness Areas into our national parks system. Moreover, in his role as conservation ecologist with Parks Canada, his work on developing ecological monitoring programs in the Yukon has benefited many of Canada’s northern national parks.
Henry also led the formation of the Saskatchewan Chapter of CPAWS in the late 1970s, and served as its chairperson for ten years. He was also a CPAWS National Trustee for a decade, including years as Vice-President and President. Since his retirement, he has been an active board member and volunteer with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

A longtime professor, Henry’s books on the red fox and the boreal forest have received broad scientific acclaim. His teaching at university has influenced many a budding conservationist. His public advocacy, through his writing and publications, has received much public attention and altered the course of ill-thought development, for example the effect of acid rain from Alberta’s oil sands on northern Saskatchewan, the need for safe and clean drinking water, and the environmental implications of various trade agreements.


For interviews, contact: 
Gord Vaadeland, CPAWS Saskatchewan,, (306) 469-7876
David Henry,, (306) 253-4621