David Stirling [part 2] and Yorke Edwards Interviews




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

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Continuation of the Stirling interview October 2006. Stirling speaks about tensions between park interpreters and park managers/operations, which he feels lead to decline of interpretation program. He also discusses the changing BC Parks structure, such as regionalisation, as well as funding cuts, resetting priorities and public pressure for other amenities. Stirling concludes by naming his mentors, including Yorke Edwards and Carey Joy. Yorke Edwards interviewed by Rick Searle. Edwards speaks about his association with BC Parks and protected areas for over 30 years, including his employment with BC Parks (1949-1962), his work with the Canadian Wildlife Service (the late 1960s) and his time at the BC provincial museum. He names the parks he worked in, including Manning Park and Wells Grey and speaks of his goal to to help people to see the wildlife in its natural settings. Worked as park interpreter. He discusses the changes he’s seen in parks from being completely looked after to the influx of roads and cottages, which make them seem less like parks. Edwards recounts memorable experiences, including waking up to a wolf near his camp and encountering caribou, and touches on his major accomplishments, such as making parks like Long Beach, Miracle Beach and Mitlenatch Island. 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 available at http://ekoscommunications.com/node/723.


Interviews conducted by Rick (D. Richard) Searle in October 2006. Stirling interview [part 2] running time: 0:37-11:54, Quicktime H.264 files. Edwards interview running time: 11:55-57:28, Quicktime H.264 file. Donated to UVic Archives in 2008 by Rick Searle executive producer of EKOS Communications


Stirling, David, Edwards, Yorke, Elders Council for Parks of British Columbia, British Columbia. Forest Service., British Columbia. Parks Division., Parks -- British Columbia