Environmental Management

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 111–124 | Cite as

Ideology and wildlands management: The case of Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario

  • D. L. Mann
  • J. G. Nelson


This is a critical examination of some of the basic concepts that have guided management of parks and related reserves, often termed wildlands. Study is focussed on Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, and on concepts such as wilderness, primeval forest, and the Carolinian forest. Deer culling and other management policies and practices have been based upon the idea that the highly valued sassafras, tulip, and other species of the Carolinian forest are decreasing due to browsing. Field mapping and analysis of historic vegetation records indicate that this trend is not in fact occurring. Historic research also reveals difficulties in defining the Carolinian or other perceived types of forest for management purposes. A major reassessment of ideology and management policy and practice seem to be required in Rondeau and other wildlands. Vague or general concepts such as wilderness or preservation should be strongly complemented and supported by more precise statements of objectives, a learning attitude, and experimentation and research. As a result of the technical uncertainties and value judgments frequently involved, management should also be based upon the expressed preferences and continuing involvement of citizens.

Key words

Carolinian Ecology Ideology Policy Rondeau Technology Wildland Management Parks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. L. Mann
    • 1
  • J. G. Nelson
    • 2
  1. 1.Parks Division, Lands and ForestsProvince of Nova ScotiaCanada
  2. 2.Environmental StudiesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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