Western Water & Forests: Spring 2016 Outlook

Last month, Dezene Huber, a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, tweeted this photo of BC’s mighty Fraser River in Prince George. Doesn’t look so mighty, does it? Yes, that’s the gravel bed showing through, and there’s very little water – frozen or not. Fast forward a month, and Stephen Déry – also…

Becoming a Western writer

When I first read Wallace Stegner’s Wolf Willow, it stuck. Not just for days, but even years later I can recall the story in the middle of the great blizzard of 1906. Stegner layered history, memory, and landscape into a compelling narrative, and the deft shifts in writing style from nonfiction to creative nonfiction to…

Dry times in the Canadian West

*UPDATED 5 JULY – NEW BC, AB, AND SK WILDFIRE & DROUGHT SITUATION* I’m closing the windows again to keep the cool in and the heat out. It’s another hot, sunny day on the west coast, and while it’s nice to have great weather, it’s scary to see the landscape dry to a crisp and…

S is for Snow

Of course I would pick snow as the ‘s’ word. Snow has been part of my vocabulary since I learned to talk. Growing up in northern Canada, we had snow days that heralded a much-welcome break from school, with snowball fights and snow shoveling (less exciting). We went cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, tobogganing and ice…