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This sub-section looks at the role and responsibility of the federal and some provincial governments. It presents the research, analysis and monitoring done by various federal and provincial departments.
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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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From Ashes to Forest
1984, production : Tony Ianzelo
The staff at Banff National Park undertakes a program of...
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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
The 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement committed...
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Histoire de pêche
1975, production : Jean Chabot
Foreign-owned industry tends to overlook local environmental...
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From Ashes to Forest
Excerpt  (3:23) 1984, production : Tony Ianzelo
The film
The staff at Banff National Park undertakes a program of managed forest fires. Smokey the Bear and other public information campaigns had long warned nature lovers of the destructive power of fire. But forest fires occur naturally in nature-and small controlled fires can help renew habitats and eco-systems. From a series commemorating the centennial of Canada's National Park system.

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For centuries the idea of the forest fire as a destructive force has been perpetuated and, where possible, fires have been suppressed in order to protect the environment, the populace and the economy. Filmed in several of Canada's best-known national parks, From Ashes to Forest examines the effects of forest fire versus fire suppression in the wilderness. The film shows that in many instances forest fires, rather than being "monstrous engines of destruction," are both essential and beneficial--for plant renewal, healthy growth, soil enrichment, and to provide new environments for wildlife.
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