John Woodworth interview




EKOS Communications
Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia
Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951

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John Woodworth interviewed by Rick Searle. Woodworth speaks about his involvement with BC Parks and protected areas through Okanagan-Similkameen Parks Society from 1950s to 1980s. Woodworth discusses his work in various parks, including Okanagan Mountain Park, Cathedral Lakes, Anaheim Lake and Grease Trail, Kalamalka Lake Park, all of which he lists as major accomplishments. His biggest challenges included the Grease Trail and the historic Alexander Mackenzie Voyageur route due to aboriginal groups’ interests in the area and inter-provincial territory. Woodworth received Order of Canada. Woodworth’s work taught him lessons about management, developing trust with government and opening lines of communication. He hopes that the BC government will continue to develop and maintain responsibility for areas that have been protected and mentions Roderick Haig-Brown and Brent Brink as personal influencers. Woodworth also reminiscences about family and early years out in nature. Part of Elders’ Council for Parks in British Columbia oral history interview series, collected for the documentary BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection found at


Interview conducted by Rick (D. Richard) Searle, ca. 2000. Woodworth interview running time 0:00-44:39, Quicktime H.264 file. Donated to UVic Archives in 2008 by Rick Searle executive producer of EKOS .Communication


Woodworth, John, 1924-, Elders Council for Parks of British Columbia, British Columbia. Forest Service., British Columbia. Parks Division., Parks--British Columbia