• Logging, Tourism, and Community: Finding Balance in South Algonquin and Algonquin Provincial Park

      McIntyre, Nikki
      This major research paper looks to explore the interwoven complexities involved in finding balance among the different realms of sustainability within Algonquin Provincial Park and the community of South Algonquin. It explores theory, case studies, and literature surrounding topics of park management, community development, planning, and the provincial park and community itself. Primary data collection by the author was not utilized; however, the research examines a plethora of existing literature including government documents and reports, conference resources, and published articles. Throughout the work the development of logging and tourism within the park are examined, both as separate and intertwined industries. The issue of these contrasting yet tied industries can be explained as a “wicked problem”, that being one with no finite or correct answer. With this understanding the work goes forward seeking not one solution but a variety of practices in resource management, development, and community engagement. A central theme of youth as potential actors within the processes of park, resource, and community management emerges, with calls for more engagement from this demographic. In the overall examination I find that the balance of sustainability in this region is relatively stable, with appropriate and innovative strategies being utilized from a variety of engaged actors to establish a “best case” for all.