Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

D. Scott Slocombe

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This research examines the implications of an ecosystem approach to planning and management for sustainable wildlife populations within a wilderness setting. Kluane National Park Reserve and the surrounding region are the focus of the study, providing a relatively unaltered ecosystem in which to explore certain questions regarding ecosystem-based wildlife management. The ever increasing human population and constant surge of development are placing more and more pressure on remaining natural resources. Wilderness areas and wildlife habitat are disappearing rapidly, and the north is receiving unprecedented activity in the search for remaining resources. Management strategies must be created which will be capable of addressing these and many other issues. This research investigates the effectiveness of an ecosystem approach in dealing with these issues. Data relating to the social, economic and ecological aspects of the study area were obtained from a variety of sources. This study will not be a management plan per se, but will compare existing management plans and how they affect wildlife in the stud; area. A Wildlife Management Model will serve as a guide to examine the data. The interactions of these management plans will then be compared using a Wildlife Management Matrix. The matrix examines the processes (management plans) on one axis and the characteristics of the management model on the other axis. I will then be able to evaluate current management activities on a comparative basis. This research concentrates on providing guidelines for more effective wildlife and wilderness management, rather than on the functional or spatial characteristics of ecosystems. In the final analysis, an ecosystem approach proved to be a valuable method for planning and managing these resources.

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