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Environmental versus Natural Heritage Stewardship: Nova Scotia's Annapolis River and the Canadian Heritage River System

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  • Mindful of the keen public interest in heritage preservation, environmental organizations have routinely characterized nature as a “heritage” asset to be preserved for future generations. But while doing so has often proved effective for winning public support for environmental initiatives, it can lead to a conflation of environmental with “natural heritage” stewardship that is at best misleading and at worst can undermine both endeavors. The chapter uses a failed campaign to nominate the Annapolis River to Canada’s Heritage Rivers program to illustrate the problems that can arise when divergences between these two forms of stewardship are overlooked. Recognizing the differences is essential if we are to maximize our changes of achieving a satisfactory convergence between them.

  • Date created
    2015
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    Chapter
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3BK1742V
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    © 2016 Oxford University Press. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press (https://global.oup.com/academic/rights/).
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    • Welchman, J. (2015). Environmental versus Natural Heritage Stewardship: Nova Scotia's Annapolis River and the Canadian Heritage River System. In M. Hourdequin & D.G. Havlick (Eds.), Restoring Layered Landscapes: History, Ecology, and Culture (pp. 112-140). New York: Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240318.003.0007
  • Link to related item
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240318.003.0007