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The Sustainability Dilemma

Essays on British Columbia Forest and Environmental History

by (author) Robert Griffin

with Richard A. Rajala

Royal BC Museum
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
General, General, Environmental Conservation & Protection
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    Oct 2016
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While some of the historical events we recount have been largely forgotten by the public and largely unexamined by scholars, they reflect an understanding of larger power dynamics that goes beyond the practice of sustained-yield and multiple-use forestry to touch upon important themes in the province's social and cultural history—themes still relevant today.

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In The Sustainability Dilemma, historians Robert Griffin and Richard A. Rajala delve into two of the more controversial issues British Columbians have faced over the past 60 years—the management of our forest industry and its impact on our freshwater ecosystems. Well-illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs, this book looks closely at some of the key players and issues of the time—from E.C. Manning, C.D. Orchard and the proposal and implementation of sustained-yield policies in the 1930s and 1940s to Ray Williston, Jim Hart and two fish-forestry conflicts that captured province-wide attention in the 1960s and 1970s.

About the authors

Dr. Robert Griffin served as history curator at the Royal BC Museum for more than 30 years and wrote many articles on the forest and mining industries. Since his retirement he has co-authored two books for the Royal BC Museum: Feeding the Family: 100 Years of Food and Drink in Victoria (with Nancy Oke; RBCM 2011) and Stewards of the People’s Forests: A Short History of the British Columbia Forest Service (with Lorne Hammond; RBCM 2014).

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Dr Richard Rajala teaches history at the University of Victoria. His book, Clearcutting the Pacific Rain Forest (1998), won the Forest History Society`s Charles A. Weyerhauser Award.

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Editorial Reviews

"An important book by subject matter experts that goes a great distance to understanding BC resource conflicts from the latter half of the 20th century." — David Brownstein, Canadian Field Naturalist

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