Forest history


125 Years of Stanley Park: Before and After

[beforeafter][/beforeafter]   Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1926 & ca. 2004. Sources: City of Vancouver Archives, Photograph Collection, Van Sc P66; Stanley Park Ecology Society, Aerial Photograph of Stanley Park, ca. 2004   Stanley Park has changed quite significantly since it first opened to the public in 1888. In my […]


Inventing Stanley Park Now Available

After toiling on this project for an embarrassing number of years, I am very pleased to announce that my first book has now been published and it is available for purchase here and for download as an e-book on the Google Play bookstore. Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History is […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 18 Available

Episode 18 Local and Regional Parks: November 21, 2010 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past18.mp3][45:50] The provincial government of British Columbia describes Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park as a “yachter’s paradise” located at the confluence of the Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel just north of the town of Power River. The calm, warm waters […]


Muir Woods and the “unresolved problem at the heart of park history”

Preservation versus use. This, according to environmental historian Alan MacEachern, is the “unresolved problem at the heart of park history.” Last weekend I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco where I came face to face with this tension in […]


Stanley Park on Today in Canadian History

122 years ago, Vancouver’s Stanley Park officially opened to the public. I joined Joe Burima in studio at CJSW 90.9fm to discuss this day in Canadian history: [audio:http://cjsw.com/podcasts/tich/2010-09-27.mp3] Today in Canadian History, 27 September 2010 Toward the end of our interview, Joe asked me about last summer’s controversy over a […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 15 Available

Episode 15 Forestry Education in Canada: May 26, 2010 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/natures-past15.mp3][43:04] In 1907, the University of Toronto opened Canada’s first forestry school to undergraduate students. This was the beginning of formal forestry education in Canada and great step forward for the profession. However, the history of the Faculty of Forestry […]