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For Future Generations
1985, production : Boyce Richardson
The North American conservation movement developed in the...
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For Future Generations
1985, production : Boyce Richardson
Grey Owl is an unusual figure in the history of Canada's...
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For Future Generations
1985, production : Boyce Richardson
As Canada expanded its national park system in the 1980s,...
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For Future Generations
Excerpt  (3:22) 1985, production : Boyce Richardson
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The North American conservation movement developed in the 19th century. US diplomat George Perkins Marsh, writer Henry David Thoreau and artist George Catlin were among early environmentalists, raising alarm over deforestation and destruction of landscapes. Such figures helped mobilize public support for the first national parks: Yellowstone in the USA, established in 1872, and Banff in Canada, created in 1885.

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This film deals with the historic roots of the conservationist ethic that led to national parks systems around the world. It also traces the growth of the Canadian parks system, and the changing attitudes towards conservation.