Welcome to georgemercer.com

For more than three decades, George worked as a national park warden in Canada, including work in six national parks on both east and west coasts, the North and the Rocky Mountains. George continues to be passionate about parks and protected areas and this passion forms the backdrop for much of his writing, including both creative non-fiction and fiction found at this site as well as non-fiction, found at writenature.com. Thanks for visiting.

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4 thoughts on “Welcome to georgemercer.com”

  1. Am about to start Jasper Wild. Enjoyed “Wood Buffalo” last summer. Gave my copy of “Dyed in the Green” to my son who is a Ranger with Alberta Parks. Here is what he sent me the other day:
    “So I read Dyed in the Green. It was very good. Recommended to my roommate in training to read it. Now every officer in Fort Mac has read it. Also recommended it to my coworker Andrew who liked it so much he bought the next two in the series.”
    I’m really enjoying the books and look forward to upcoming releases!

  2. George, I was just listening to your comments on X Country Checkup and it reassured me to know someone echoed my concerns. More and more people in parks, and more parks for people means, in my opinion, less wildlife. We really wilderness areas for wildlife only.

    Trish Aikens

    1. Trish … I think we do need more parks and I do like the fact that people are using them but there needs to be a greater emphasis put on managing human use, limiting development, and eliminating or minimizing impacts on wildlife. There isn’t a one size fits all solution but I would argue that in most southern national parks in Canada, these are pressing issues for parts of our parks at certain times of the year. In northern Canada, human use in the parks is less of an issue and in many parks a non-issue, but the greater concern is indirect effects of our use well beyond the boundaries of these parks such as upstream impacts of industrial development on places like Wood Buffalo National Park. Unfortunately programs such as Cross Country Checkup only scratch the surface but at least it gets people thinking.

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