His memories of forty-one years in the woods are crisp and clear, the descriptions of death and adversity taut and visceral. At the heart of the book are the numerous camp-dwellers themselves.
Author: Hans Knapp
Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Hancock House
A blend of history and autobiography set against the primitive background of post-war logging camps and populated by a bygone breed of crude, philosophical, charming, and inveterately fascinating men. The author came to British Columbia in 1951 to shore up his family's war-blasted fortunes, and to follow a childhood dream. His memories of forty-one years in the woods are crisp and clear, the descriptions of death and adversity taut and visceral. At the heart of the book are the numerous camp-dwellers themselves. Men with names like Sidewinder, Slippery, Ha Ha Harry and Whispering Swede leap out from every page and demand to be remembered.
By 1910 steam, as chief motive power, was well-established in the coast logging industry. ... Logging and Forestry B.C. coast Fifty years ago R.V. Stuart: address to the Canadian Institute of Forestry January 12, ...
Author: Barbara Ann Lambert
Imagine obtaining one hundred and sixty acres of land for FREE! Then comes the real payment: the sweat and toil of living in a remote wilderness and clearing a landscape where the stumps left behind are so large and so numerous the best bet is to use dynamite to remove them. Beginning in 1859 such homesteading typified the arrival of white settlers in British Columbia. The Land Act set out rules by which British subjects could, for agricultural purposes only, pre-empt land. Along the Upper Sunshine Coast, of those who took up the challenge, only some succeeded in carving a life out of this wild land, while many failed. Through prodigious research and the careful cultivation of interviews, Barbara Ann Lambert tells the stories of those resourceful arrivals. Employing the day journals of homesteaders and interviews with their descendants, Lambert conveys the rich history of the Sunshine Coast. From Saltery Bay to Lund, she evokes the struggles and triumphs of those who once lived in this place Lambert calls “paradise”.
'When Good Intentions Fail: A Case of Forest Policy in the British Columbia Interior, 1945-1956. ... 'The Forest as Factory: Technological Change and Worker Control in the West Coast Logging Industry, 1880-1930.
Author: Richard A. Rajala
Publisher: UBC Press
This book integrates class, environmental, and political analysis to uncover the history of clearcutting in the Douglas fir forests of B.C., Washington, and Oregon between 1880 and 1965. Part I focuses on the mode of production, analyzing the technological and managerial structures of worker and resource exploitation from the perspective of current trends in labour process research. Rajala argues that operators sought to neutralize the variable forest environment by emulating the factory model of work organization. The introduction of steam-powered overhead logging methods provided industry with a rudimentary factory regime by 1930, accompanied by productivity gains and diminished workplace autonomy for loggers. After a Depression-inspired turn to selective logging with caterpillar tractors timber capital continued its refinement of clearcutting technologies in the post-war period, achieving complete mechanization of yarding with the automatic grapple. Driviing this process of innovation was a concept of industrial efficiency that responded to changing environmental conditions, product and labour markets, but sought to advance operators' class interests by routinizing production. The managerial component of the factory regime took shape in accordance with the principles of the early 20th century scientific management movement. Requiring expertise in the organization of an expanded, technologically sophisticated exploitation process, operators presided over the establishment of logging engineering programs in the region's universities. Graduates introduced rational planning procedures to coastal logging, contributing to a rate of deforestation that generated a corporate call for technical forestry expertise after 1930. Industrial foresters then emerged from the universities to provide firms with data needed for long-range investment decisions in land acquisition and management. Part II constitutes an environmental and political history of clearcutting. This reconstructs the process of scientific research concenring the factory regime's impact on the ecology of the Douglas fir forest, assessing how knowledge was utitized in the regulation of cutting practices. Analysis of business-government relations in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon suggests that the reliance of those client states on revenues generated by timber capital enouraged a pattern of regulation that served corporate rather than social and ecological ends.
I made a speech earlier this year in January to the B.C. Truck Loggers Convention . Some of you were there , but I want to repeat some ... Mid - west waferboard mills with tax concessions are shutting down Pacific Coast plywood mills .
He knew enough, however, to become a millionaire, a noted entrepreneur in logging (as well as other businesses), ... without specifying the period, refers to an estimate of about 4,000 hand-loggers that once populated BC's coastal ...
Author: Roger Hayter
Publisher: UBC Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
British Columbia's forest economy is at a crucial crossroads. Its survival, Roger Hayter argues, rests on its ability to remain flexible and open to innovation -- a future by no means assured given recent policy initiatives and the current contested nature of British Columbia's forests. Flexible Crossroads looks at the contemporary restructuring of British Columbia's forest economy, demonstrating how both resource dynamics -- the transition from old growth to managed forests -- and industrial dynamics -- changing technology and global market forces -- have shaped this transformation. Conceptually, the restructuring is portrayed as a shift from a commodity-based, cost-minimizing production system (Fordism) to a more product-differentiated, value-maximizing production system informed by the imperative of flexibility.
He believes he's hundreds of thousands of dollars fully the truck logging business as if it was probably the oldest truck logger on the equipped . " just last week ” . Harold Foley , then B.C. Coast still involved in the busiThe first ...
The availabili- ty of steam locomotives enabled the extension of logging opera- tions into more remote but well - timbered locations such as the Canadian Shield and the areas beyond British Columbia's coastal fringe .
Author: Ken Drushka
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
The canadian forest. Early forest use. Industrialization of the forests. The rise of forest conservation. Sustainable forest management.
Regardless, it has made its way into the BC Gazetteer as an official place name. It was a joke played by Master Warrant Officer Gerry Rivest, who was an officer at the Holberg military base. He believed the logging trucks with their ...
Author: John Kimantas
Publisher: Wild Coast Publishing
Some places in this world are still wild, remote and untouched. The outer coast of Vancouver island is one such remarkable place. Author and explorer John Kimantas takes you through this phenomenal stretch of coastline, both by foot and by water, in unparalleled detail. It includes the type of detail that made his first series of guide books, the Wild Coast series, the quintessential resource for information on the most remote locations on the BC coast. This is the heir to that series, updated to include changes such as the Maa-nulth Treaty, the initiatives of the BC Marine Trails Network and other political, environmental and social changes that are continuing to shape these lands. Through maps, photography and description, The BC Coast Explorer series provides the building blocks for the adventure of a lifetime. By foot or paddle, this volume will take you to places rarely seen and yet too beautiful to miss. Covered in detail, feature by feature, are north Vancouver Island and Cape Scott, Brooks Peninsula and all five West Coast Sounds: Quatsino, Kyuquot, Nootka, Clayoquot and Barkley sounds. Included are launches, points of interest, campsites and all the necessary details to get you there. The toughest part will be deciding where to go.
In 1994 logging contractors did 48 percent ofthe logging on the Coast and 100 percent in the Interior. Small companies also continued to get access to timber, aided by government initiatives such as the Small Business Forest Enterprise ...
Author: Gordon Hak
Publisher: UBC Press
The history of British Columbia's economy in the twentieth century is inextricably bound to the development of the forest industry. In this comprehensive study, Gordon Hak approaches the forest industry from the perspectives of workers and employers, examining the two institutions that structured the relationship during the Fordist era: the companies and the unions. He relates daily routines of production and profit-making to broader forces of unionism, business ideology, ecological protest, technological change, and corporate concentration. The struggle of the small-business sector to survive in the face of corporate growth, the history of the industry on the Coast and in the Interior, the transformations in capital-labour relations during the period, government forest policy, and the forest industry's encounter with the emerging environmental movement are all considered in this eloquent analysis.
There were few places on the coast that the Higgs operation did not touch . ... who joined the company in 1929 and was a well - known figure in the marine and sawmill industries , and among loggers along the B.C. coast .
Author: Jan Peterson
Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co
Peterson brings to life Nanaimo's people and the events that shaped it in this final volume of her trilogy.
Hank Nelson , a logger poet who is also a singer and songwriter , is the lund's roving reporter and associate editor . West Coast Logger , out of Vancouver , British Columbia , also occasionally publishes logger poems , as did Chain Saw ...
Author: David Stanley
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This book offers the first in-depth examination of a distinctive and community-based tradition rich with larger-than-life heroes, vivid occupational language, humor, and unblinking encounters with birth, death, nature, and animals in the poetry.
B. C. TRUCK LOGGERS MEETING HEARS PROS AND CONS OF FOREST LICENSES Photographed immediately following their election on the closing day of the B. C. Truck Loggers Association Convention in Vancouver , B. C. , recently , 1.948 officers ...
By January 1919 he was heavily involved with the B.c. Loggers ' and Camp Workers ' Union as secretary - treasurer . Over the traditional Christmas break in the coast logging industry Birt Showler and Helena Gutteridge had organized ...
Author: Peter Campbell
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Category: Political Science
Focusing on four individuals, Canadian Marxists and the Search for a Third Way describes the lives and ideas of Ernest Winch, Bill Pritchard, Bob Russell, and Arthur Mould and examines their efforts to put their ideas into practice. Campbell begins by looking at their childhoods in Great Britain, particularly their religious upbringing. He considers their family life, their attitudes toward women and ethnic minorities, what they were reading, and what effect that reading had on their theory and practice. He describes their lives as labor leaders and advocates of socialism, revealing how tenaciously, in an increasingly hierarchical, bureaucratized, and state-driven capitalist society, they held to the idea that socialism must be created by the working class itself. This is a unique look at four Canadian Marxists and their struggle to create an educated, disciplined, democratic, mass-based movement for revolutionary change.
... Lions and Dragons, 174 Bamboo Terrace Restaurant, 129, 132 Bank of British Columbia, 192 barbecue meat merchants, ... 234 B.C. Chinese Orchestra, 234 B.C. Coast Vegetable Marketing Board, 92 B.C. Loggers' Union, 74 B.C. Magazine, ...
Author: Paul Yee
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Written by Paul Yee, a third-generation Chinese-Canadian in search of his own roots as well as those of the community, Saltwater City brings the perceptions of a previously diffident community to its own history. A text resonant with often painful first-person recollections combines with 200 photographs, most reproduced for the first time, to form a chronological portrait of the community from its earliest beginnings to the present. With the assimilation of its people into the mainstream of Canadian life following World War II, Saltwater City, as early Chinese immigrants called the community, was threatened, but changes in attitude, government policy, and the opening of diplomatic relations with China instead caused a renaissance. Now, Vancouver's Chinese community totals over 150,000 people, enjoys considerable political and financial influence and has matured beyond recognition into one of Canada's most successful ethnic enclaves.
The author’s stories of grizzly bears, glamorous Americans, a human skull on the front porch, along with the wisdom of aboriginal elders pour off the page like warm syrup on a stack of cookhouse hotcakes."--
Author: Kathryn Willcock
Kathryn Willcock and her sisters grew up in logging camps on the coast of B.C. in the 1960s when children were set loose to play in the wilderness, women kept rifles next to the wood stove, and loggers risked their lives every single day. The author's tales of grizzly bears, American tourists, a loyal Nazi, and a couple of terrified gangsters, along with the wisdom of Indigenous elders, pour off the page like warm syrup on a stack of cookhouse hotcakes.
I have also listened to similar narratives while conducting ethnohistorical research with Tla'amin loggers (on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, several miles north of Powell River), which are included in my master's thesis, ...
Author: Keith Thor Carlson
Publisher: Univ. of Manitoba Press
Category: Social Science
"Towards a New Ethnohistory" engages respectfully in cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary methods to co-create with Indigenous people a new, decolonized ethnohistory. This new ethnohistory reflects Indigenous ways of knowing and is a direct response to critiques of scholars who have for too long foisted their own research agendas onto Indigenous communities. Community-engaged scholarship invites members of the Indigenous community themselves to identify the research questions, host the researchers while they conduct the research, and participate meaningfully in the analysis of the researchers’ findings. The historical research topics chosen by the Stó:lō community leaders and knowledge keepers for the contributors to this collection range from the intimate and personal, to the broad and collective. But what principally distinguishes the analyses is the way settler colonialism is positioned as something that unfolds in sometimes unexpected ways within Stó:lō history, as opposed to the other way around. This collection presents the best work to come out of the world’s only graduate-level humanities-based ethnohistory field school. The blending of methodologies and approaches from the humanities and social sciences is a model of twenty-first century interdisciplinarity.
Logging camps are located along the mainland and islands throughout southeastern Alaska . ... B.C. to Ketchikan , Wrangell , Petersburg , Sitka , Juneau , Haines , and Skagway ; this service is less frequent during the winter from ...
The Great Bear Rainforest is a 6.4-million-hectare area along British Columbia's north and central coast, a temperate rainforest that attracted logging and mining companies because of its wealth of trees and minerals.
Author: Ian Waddell
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Take the Torch is a compelling memoir from one of BC’s most widely accomplished and animated politicians, Ian Waddell, QC. Waddell takes us on a journey through his life and career as a storefront lawyer, an NDP Member of Parliament, a Minister of Culture, a writer, a teacher, a film producer and more—delivering a smart, humorous, endearing and impossible-to-forget exploration of public life. Following up Donna Macdonald’s Surviving City Hall, Take the Torch is Nightwood’s second publication in a campaign to promote participation in civic affairs and community activism to younger generations. Waddell endeavours “to pass on some of the lessons I learned about setting goals for social change and the methods to use to get there ... debating, protesting, and marching to ‘biting dogs’ at press conferences (following the old adage ‘dog bites man is not a story; man bites dog is a headline’), writing op-ed pieces for newspapers, getting elected, taking on prime ministers, dictators and kings, grabbing maces, lobbying diplomats in the lobby of the United Nations, and bucking your own party.” Waddell got his start through his involvement as a young lawyer, from an immigrant family, in both the first consumer class-action lawsuit in Canada and the Berger Inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. I have always had a revolutionary idea about law: that it is about justice and that it can be used to make change in society. That’s why I started as a criminal lawyer, and why I went on to be a storefront lawyer, assistant to Judge Berger, and then a member of both the federal Parliament and the BC legislative assembly. What I love about Canada is that we are still a young country and still a place where you can make change happen. In this book I describe some of those changes—many of them are big changes, historic events for our country and our people; others are tiny incidents that helped only one person or a small group, but they’re still important. Often I played a minor role, but my part was big enough to give me an inside look at how change happens.
... the B.C. coast, called the port at Vancouver to say, “We've got fifty passengers, and one hundred and fifty loggers. ... For a certain segment of the population, logging was British Columbia's answer to the French Foreign Legion: ...
Author: John Vaillant
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
THE AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF A WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZE 2014 'Absolutely spellbinding' New York Times 'Will change how many people think about nature' Sebastian Junger ______________________________________ JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF NORTH AMERICA'S LAST GREAT FOREST. On a bleak winter night in 1997, a British Columbia timber scout named Grant Hadwin committed an act of shocking violence: he destroyed the legendary Golden Spruce of the Queen Charlotte Islands. With its rich colours, towering height and luminous needles, the tree was a scientific marvel, beloved by the local Haida people who believed it sacred. The Golden Spruce tells the story of the sadness which pushed Hadwin to such a desperate act of destruction - a bizarre environmental protest which acts as a metaphor for the challenge the world faces today. But it also raises the question of what then happened to Hadwin, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances and remains missing to this day. Part thrilling mystery, part haunting depiction of the ancient beauty of the coastal wilderness, and part dramatic chronicle of the historical collision of Europeans and the native Haida, The Golden Spruce is a timely portrait of man's troubled relationship with a vanishing world. _______________________ 'Worthy of comparison to Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild . . . A story of the heartbreakingly complex relationship between man and nature.' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'His story is about one man and one tree, but it is much more than that. John Vaillant has written a work that will change how many people think about nature.' SEBASTIAN JUNGER 'A haunting tale of a good man driven mad by environmental devastation' LOS ANGELES TIMES 'Absolutely spellbinding . . . descriptions of the Queen Charlotte Islands, with their misty, murky light and hushed, cathedral-like forests, are haunting, and Vaillant does full justice to the noble, towering trees.' NEW YORK TIMES 'A haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY