9781771602037

Our Place Changing the Nature of Alberta

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  • ISBN13:

    9781771602037

  • ISBN10:

    1771602031

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-05-16
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books

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Summary

Naturalist, hunter, conservation activist and recovering bureaucrat Kevin Van Tighem explores the landscapes and wildlife of one of Canada's most diverse and beautiful provinces and the ways in which Albertans have often failed — and sometimes succeeded — at the challenge of sustaining their home place.

Previously published writings are mixed with current reflections on the streams, forests, grasslands and mountains of a Canadian province whose ambivalence about the nature of place, the responsibilities of citizens and the temptations of resource-based prosperity continues to mar the landscape and raise questions about the future. Challenging, eye-opening, instructive and soul-searching, this collection nonetheless delivers an overriding message of hope and possibilities. Alberta is our place now; we can still sustain the best of it, and bring out the best in ourselves, if we choose to know it well and care for it better.

Author Biography

Kevin Van Tighem, a former superintendent at Banff National Park, has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards, including Western Magazine Awards, Outdoor Writers of Canada book and magazine awards and the Journey Award for Fiction. He is the author of Bears Without Fear (RMB 2013), The Homeward Wolf (RMB 2013), Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River (RMB 2015) and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta (RMB 2017). He lives with his wife, Gail, in Canmore, Alberta.

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