The Book

Wild Alberta at the Crossroads is about our children’s heritage. It traces the authors’ seven-year journey through the mountains, foothills, grasslands, parkland, boreal forest, and Canadian Shield. 

The outstanding photography and inspiring stories encourage everyone to get out and enjoy Alberta’s glorious wildlands and wildlife.

But enjoying Nature is no longer enough. Albertan citizens are the owners and custodians of a landscape and wildlife heritage facing unprecedented pressures from rampant extractive industry, urban sprawl, overconsumption, and unsustainable growth. It is urgent that we pause, rethink our relationship with Nature, develop a vision and plan for an ecologically sustainable future, and then carry out that plan.

The book shows what is at stake, the major environmental issues, and how, together, we can and must become actively involved in ecologically sustainable solutions.  How vigorously we take up this challenge and put Alberta’s house in order will determine our legacy – and our children’s future.

 

Contents

FOREWORD BY ANDREW NIKIFORUK    8

 

PREFACE: TURNING POINT     10

 

PART ONE - EXPLORING WILD ALBERTA

PART TWO - AT THE CROSSROADS

   The Mountains - Life on the Rocks    20

Old Politics - Losing Our Way    152

   The Grasslands - Honed by the Wind    52

New Lifestyles - Finding the Path    166

   The Parkland - Heartland Home     78

Resources - Getting Started, Striding Out    176

   The Foothills - Wellspring of Life     94

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS     183

   The Boreal Forest - Freeze-dried Zone     118

NOTES    184

   The Canadian Shield - Bones of the Earth     144

INDEX    189

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Last updated June 3, 2010