The story of ecological change in the Canadian mountain west over the last century provides powerful, poignant testimony about our very different histories and roles in the dramatic changes of the last century. The most important question becomes: who do we want to be here?
From July 23 – 26th, 2018 UVic’s Mountain Legacy Project (MLP) joined forces with Dr. Liza Piper from University of Alberta’s Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) to rephotograph images from the historic Alberta Coal Branch area. Check out some of the changes in this area where industry interfaces with wilderness.
Mountain Legacy Project director, Eric Higgs, finds himself involved in repeat photography project in Amsterdam, about as far physically and psychologically from the mountains of western Canada as one can get. He is spending the year working on his new book, Changing Nature, which examines the future of ecological restoration in a rapidly changing world. He and his family are based in the northern Netherlands university city of Groningen.
Today’s post comes from Sandra Frey, an MLP field team member for the past 2 1/2 years. Her reflections from a day re-photographing historic images high in the Canadian Rockies are an excellent reminder that mountain days are sometimes more than majestic views and bluebird skies. As Sandra tells us, the mountain environment can be a challenging place to work, live, and play.