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Parks and Reserves

  • By: Jane Southworth
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

A park or reserve is an area that has been legally set aside for protection. The form of protection ranges from minor limitations on the use of certain materials or products to the complete exclusion of people and communities, some of whom may have been moved from within the area designated as a park on its creation and continue to be excluded from its boundaries, to ensure complete protection of the land and resources within the park. This is a key area within the field of geography, as it involves land or ocean resources and the people who live on or use them and, as such, is a key area of people-environment interaction within the larger field of conservation. There are many forms of protection, ...

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