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Special Collection: Parks and Conservation

Ann Brower, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Parks come in many forms, sizes, and with a multitude of descriptions, whether natural, semi-natural or entirely modified and shaped by human hands; for recreation, conservation, protection or a combination of all the above. Given this diversity, people can interact with parks in many ways. Governments (or states) may acquire, hold, co-govern and dispose of parklands, designate their uses to the public, or might leave an "untouched" piece of nature as a "wild" place in which management is thought to be invisible. Parks might exclude pastoral agriculture, or they might not. Parks might even be celebrated for their history of pastoralism. The US "Yellowstone model" of a national park is only one model, albeit prominent.

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