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The governmental recognition of the natural assets of a specific area of the island has given rise to discussions concerning the social and "cultural" changes that such recognition may bring, including how it will effect resident and local worker land use.
The heritage value of this site has however not always been recognized. For example, between and , proposals brought foward to harness the river, in order to generate the electricity needed for commercial and forestry-related activities. The insular nature of Anticosti lends itself easily to this iconic representation of a virgin wilderness, untouched by man, in which one can rediscover the adventure and excitement of the early explorers.
The splendour of the falls and the abundance of fish having become emblematic of Anticosti Island's natural wealth, it was then deemed necessary to protect them from the logging operations taking place on the island. Originally only intending to incorporate the area around the river and the falls, the plan for creating a park was founded on a romantic conceptualisation of the area and on the importance of preserving intact the rapidly disappearing tracts of virgin wilderness.
One must however mention that, during the 20 th century, considerable tracts of forest in the national park were logged and that, due to the presence of a large number of deer, the area's ecosystem was substantially altered, transforming what was once an area thickly forested with balsam fir into stands of spruce. The initiative for protecting Anticosti Island's natural heritage is composed of both nationall and regional-level environmental groups. This movement did not originate in the local community-as a matter of fact the choice of the park site was not met with unianimous approval, for both Anticosti residents and certain scientists were opposed to it.
Some citizens suggested that the conservation area should include a number of historically significant sites in the Anticosti community. This proposal was rejected, but not without dividing the community in the process, mainly due to hunting and area access restrictions arising from the creation of the park.
These governmental protection measures have imposed limits that are difficult for local residents to accept, due the fact that they have once again lost their cherished free acces to the island. Thus, the process of officially recognizing Anticosti's natural heritage has been very divisive. On one hand, it has created tensions and conflicts concerning current and future land use, as the same piece of land has been long associated with very diverse uses.
On the other hand, it has also failed to incorporate the various assets and locations deemed to have significant heritage value on both a local and national level. This has occurred in spite of all the official public rhetoric on a sustainable development that allows for the ongoing development of the social dimension of the project. The local population does not actively feel included in the new park project, even though the park zone has become part of the national heritage of the region without fully representing the concept that the population has of Anticosti.
In spite of the natural beauty and symbolic importance of Anticosti Island, as it relates to the various dimensions of Quebec heritage, a global assessement of the situation is that the park continues to promote the image of the island as "nature without culture. Potvin, P. Frenette ed. Brisson, "La capture du sauvage. Acland, Messence and B. Ayotte and G.
Also see Frenette, op. Ouellet and A. Paul Combes Paris: J. Brisson, G.
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