Education & Research

The heyday of education and research in the Clearwater Valley is not now. Rather it was about a half century ago, during a ten-year government funded study that brought a full-time wildlife biologist to Wells Gray Park, and stimulated dozens of other researchers to visit the park too. Collectively these early students of the Clearwater Valley generated scores of papers and an even greater number of unpublished reports. Those documents represent a tremendous contribution to our knowledge of the birds, mammals, fish, plants, lichens and mosses of this portion of the world. Fifty years later, they constitute an invaluable base-line summary of the park’s wildlife and vegetation in the years following the great fire of 1926, which blackened about 500 square kilometres. It’s fair to say that researchers have yet to “rediscover” the Clearwater Valley; but when they do their work will be supported by a considerable volume of earlier literature.

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Key Words

Lichen Topics: forage lichens | lichens

Animals: animals | Mountain Caribou | Moose

Earth Science: wildfire

Places: Wells Gray Park

Miscellaneous: history | naturalists

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Cannings, R. 1997. Yorke Edwards: a natural thinker. Cordillera 4(1): 7-12. [key words: Wells Gray Park / naturalists] [download pdf]

Edwards, R.Y. 1954. Fire and the decline of a mountain caribou herd. Journal of Wildlife Management 18: 521-526. [key words: Wells Gray Park / Mountain Caribou / wildfire / animals] [download pdf]

Edwards, R.Y. 1999. Chester Peter Lyons 1915-1998. Cordillera 6(2): 3-4. [key words: Wells Gray Park / naturalists] [download pdf]

Edwards, R.Y. and R.W. Ritcey. 1959. Migrations of caribou in a mountainous area in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia. Canadian Field-Naturalist 73: 21-25. [key words: Wells Gray Park / Mountain Caribou / animals] [download pdf]

Edwards, R.Y., J. Soos and R.W. Ritcey. 1960. Quantitative observations of epidendric lichens used as food by caribou. Ecology 41: 425-431. [key words: Wells Gray Park / Mountain Caribou / lichens / forage lichens / animals] [download pdf]

Lyons, C.P. 1941. Reconnaissance and preliminary recreation plan for Wells Gray Park. [key words: Wells Gray Park / history] [download pdf]

Ritcey, R.W. 1991. Moose. [key words: Wells Gray Park / animals / Moose] [download pdf]