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Harvey Locke Receives Lifetime of Conservation Award

Y2Y co-founder and strategic advisor, Harvey Locke, received the J.B. Harkin Award, one of Canada's highest honors for conservation, for his efforts in wilderness conservation.

The J.B. Harkin Award, presented at the Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society’s 50th anniversary celebration, acknowledges the work and dedication of individuals who exemplify the same standards to conservation as the award’s namesake.

Harkin developed the idea of conservation in Canada at a time when there was little precedent for it. A true visionary, Harkin created Canada's National Park system, the world's first park service. In doing so he set the example for land conservation.

Harvey accepting his award.
No doubt, if you live or have visited a national or provincial park in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, set foot in the Nahanni National Park Reserve or hiked in British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley, you will have benefitted from the conservation work of Harvey Locke.

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

He served as President or Vice President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for seventeen years, and while on a hiking trip in the wilds of northern British Columbia, he was one of the first to envision conservation at the Yellowstone-to-Yukon scale. Since that day in 1993, he has championed this vision and extended the idea of large-landscape conservation around the globe.

As a Y2Y strategic advisor Harvey has influenced greater protection for the integrity of Banff National Park and the Bow Valley; advocated for the creation of Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, has led one of the most important projects to acquire private land to secure wildlife connectivity between protected areas, and much more.

Nahanni NP Reserve by HL Nahanni National Park Reserve, one of the many places Harvey Locke had a hand in protecting. Photo credit: Harvey Locke
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