CPAWS Honours B.C. Wilderness Champion Ric Careless with Nationally Renowned Conservation Award

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OCTOBER 23, 2013

CPAWS Honours B.C. Wilderness Champion Ric Careless with
Nationally Renowned Conservation Award

OTTAWA - Today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) awarded Ric Careless with the first regional Harkin Conservation Award for his significant contribution to wilderness preservation in Canada. This week CPAWS celebrates 50 years as a national conservation organization with a special Golden Anniversary award ceremony in Ottawa to recognize Careless and the two other Harkin Conservation Award winners. 

Careless, a previous recipient of the Order of British Columbia for his conservation work, has been devoted to advancing the cause of parks, ecological integrity and wilderness throughout British Columbia for over four decades. He has been deeply involved in the creation and expansion of many parks, particularly the Tatshenshini-Alsek, Spatsizi Plateau, Stikine River, Height of the Rockies, Pacific Rim's Nitinat Triangle and the region of BC that he coined 'the Chilcotin Ark'.

Careless is a Trustee Emeritus and former board member for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.  “It is an honour to have the prestigious Harkin award given to someone in our organization who has contributed to the protection of approximately 3 million acres,” says Nicola Hill, Executive Director of CPAWS- British Columbia Chapter, “CPAWS is proud to be recognizing an individual who has done so much for wilderness protection in B.C.”

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has been awarding the Harkin Conservation Award since 1972.  Recipients must demonstrate a significant contribution throughout their lifetime through words and deeds to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness. This contribution may have resulted from the individual’s occupational or professional responsibilities or from his/her activities as a citizen or member of a group.

Often called "the Father of National Parks", J. B. Harkin developed the idea of conservation in Canada at a time when there was little precedent. Harkin created Canada's National Park system, the world's first park service. By establishing standards for their preservation, Harkin created a world class example of land conservation.


For more information, please contact:
Jackie Peat, Communications and Development Coordinator, CPAWS-BC
604-685-7445, ext 33

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Since 1963 CPAWS has led in protecting a half a million square kilometers of land and oceans. Our vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water. As a national charity with 13 chapters, 65,000 supporters and hundreds of volunteers, CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect our country’s amazing natural places.