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BC Studies no. 142-143 Summer-Autumn 2004

On the Environment

Guest edited by Graeme Wynn, a geographer from the University of British Columbia and a leading figure in the field of environmental studies in Canada, this interdisciplinary issue includes essays on the origins of Greenpeace (Frank Zelko); the social response to modernity among people dislocated by the damming of the Arrow Lakes (Tina Loo); response to the depletion of the halibut fishery (John Thistle); water pollution and environmental politics in the city of Vancouver (Arn Keeling); the bird con-servation movement in British Columbia (Jeremy Wilson); and a photo-essay that explores attitudes toward development and nature in interwar BC through the photographs of J.W. Clark (James Murton). An introductory essay by Graeme Wynn reflects on the burgeoning field of environmental studies and the importance of British Columbia as a site for exploring large questions about the environment within the context of a particular region.

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The Front

The Front

"Shall we linger along ambitionless?" Environmental Perspectives on British Columbia

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For the Birds?: Neoliberalism and the Protection of Biodiversity in British Columbia

By Jeremy Wilson

Terms | environment public policy birds conservation


Death of a Community  

By Linda Kendall

Terms | poetry hydroelectric power Arrow Lakes

Photo Essays

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Review Essays

Book Reviews

Book Review

The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey

GOOGLE “GREENPEACE” and you get a snapshot of the global scope of environmental activism undertaken by that organization. On any given day, group members can be found saving jaguars in Argentina, blockading logging in Alaska,...

By Arn Keeling

Book Review

Natural Light: Visions of British Columbia

THIS COFFEE TABLE BOOK is a jewel of photographs captured by the author after long hours of waiting for “the moment” or when he just happened to see light and colours juxtaposed perfectly. The accompanying...

By Mollie Ralston

Book Review

From a Victorian Garden: Creating the Romance of a Bygone Age Right in Your Own Backyard

GARDENS ARE EPHEMERAL, constantly changing and easily lost after only a few years of neglect. The Point Ellice House in Victoria, British Columbia, is an exceptional historic site where the gardens, with original, plantings now...

By Brenda Peterson

Book Review

A Passion for Wildlife: The History of the Canadian Wildlife Service

IT’S BEEN SLOW GOING for environmental history in Canada, British Columbia included. Not that the environment doesn’t figure prominently in national and regional literatures; in fact, it looms large in Canadian historiography. Much of this...

By Darcy Ingram

Book Review

Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

THE POPULARITY OF WILDLIFE, as idea and as icon, is near universal, but the presence ofwildlife in our yards, homes, and neighbourhoods provokes reactions as diverse as the species that we encounter and the places...

By Lillian Ford

Book Review

Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities

MAUREEN REED’S BOOK, Taking Stands: Geàder and the Sustainability of Rural Communities, tackles a crucial but almost systematically neglected tangle of issues embedded in the conflicts over forestry in BC: those emerging from and through...

By Karena Shaw

Book Review

Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy

FOR SEVERAL DECADES now, Canada has presented itself to the world as a country in the forefront of environmental stewardship and responsibility. The sheer size of our country, its relatively low population density, and the...

By Jeremy Rayner

Book Review

Regulating Eden: The Nature of Order in North American Parks

IN “YELLOWSTONE AT 125,” the new preface to his classic National Parks: The American Experience (1997), Alfred Runte despairs that Yellowstone’s function as a “sanctuary” has been shattered by “a million cars and the drone...

By James Murton

Book Review

Fire: A Brief History

HERE ARE TWO BOOKS about fire: both histories and both well-researched and insightful, but both completely different in scope and content. Stephen Pyne’s book, Fire: A Brief ‘History‘, presents a long-term history of fire from...

By Carla Burton

Book Review

Your Land and Mine: Evolution of a Conservationist

WITHIN THE LAST two decades, several scholars have written about a number of the leading conservation activists who appeared in the United States and Canada in the crucial decades following the Second World War. Thanks...

By Mark Harvey

Book Review


VANCOUVER IN THE EARLY 1970S Was a far different place from the “world class” cosmopolis it is today. Home to “draft dodgers” and a Kitsilano counterculture, it was an open space for environmental action, like...

By Michael M'Gonigle

Book Review

Plants of Haida Gwaii

FOR THOSE SCHOLARS conducting research within First Nations communities at this postcolonial moment in academic history, old rules do not apply. One must navigate a rearranged landscape made up of new challenges and opportunities. First...

By Douglas Deur

Book Review

Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River

IN CIRCLES WHERE SALMON management gets debated, the Fraser River looms large because it helps drive a neat syllogism, which goes something like this: Columbia River runs imploded because American scientists supported a massive dam-building...

By Joseph Taylor

Book Review

The Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History

PDF – Wynn Review Essay, BC Studies 142/143, Summer/Autumn 2004

By Graeme Wynn

Audio Article



Arn Keeling is a SSHRCC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in geography at the University of British Columbia. He studies B.C. and Western Canadian environmental history and historical geography.

Jeremy Wilson is a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria. His research and teaching interests include environmental policy and politics, and the Canadian policy-making process. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Canadian-American Public Policy.

John Thistle is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.

Frank Zelko completed his Ph.D. in environmental history at the University of Kansas in 2003. He is currently a research fellow in environmental history at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and a lecturer in U.S. history at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is completing a book about the history of Greenpeace, based on his doctoral dissertation, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2005.

James Murton is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at UBC. His article in this issue is drawn from his Ph.D. dissertation, which he is currently preparing for publication.

Tina Loo is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches environmental history. She is currently completing a manuscript dealing with wildlife conservation in twentieth century Canada and researching the social and environmental impact of hydroelectric dams as well as other high modernist projects.

Tracy Summerville is an assistant professor in Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Heather Myers is an associate professor in International Studies and Coordinator of Northern Studies at UNBC at the University of Northern British Columbia.