Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon (Part 2)

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Restoring an endangered tree species in the mountains of British Columbia

Whitebark pine needles and cones (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

Whitebark pine trees have needles in bunches of five (Photo by Richard Sniezko)

In British Columbia, the majority of species at risk are found in low elevation areas where most private property is held. Most conservation properties held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) are also found in these low elevation zones to...

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Four months to change a career

Braydi Rice in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Braydi Rice helping deactivate roads in Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

I didn’t grow up in the city. I had the chance to grow up in what some would consider one of the most diverse places in Canada: the Rocky Mountains. I spent most of the summer as a child at the lake, a five-minute walk from my house. As a...

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A conservation overture: Finding music in nature

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

Paul Bezooyen (Photo by Garland Colson)

For folk songwriter and performing artist Paul Bezooyen, nature demonstrates balance, harmony and the inter-relatedness of everything. Nothing is more or less important than another thing. Nature doesn’t "try to be"... it just "is." He...

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Volunteers lending a hand to protect the Quamichan wetlands

Water sampling at Quamichan wetlands

Water sampling at Quamichan wetlands

Wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth and it takes teamwork to care for them. The Quamichan wetlands on BC's Vancouver Islands are a great example of what can happen when we join forces to protect these special...

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...Why cutting down trees is sometimes a good thing

Christmas tree cutting event at Marion Creek Benchlands, BC (Photo by Stephanie Van Kemp)

Christmas tree cutting event at Marion Creek Benchlands, BC (Photo by Stephanie Van Kemp)

Under the backdrop of the spectacular Purcell Mountains, the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Canadian Rockies office hosted their first-ever Christmas tree cutting event on the Marion Creek Benchlands property in southeastern British...

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OPINION: Not-for-profits must earn their social license

Alpine plants on Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Alpine plants on Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

With much in the news these days about the troubles facing a prominent BC land trust, it is no surprise that people are raising questions about what the future might hold for other conservation areas and heritage sites, and for land trusts in...

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Of bugs and slugs: Pint-sized citizen scientist discovers a strange blue slug, far from home

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

My seven-year-old son Malcolm was excited about going on the Slug & Snail Walk at Chase Woods. He loves hiking, and I hadn’t the heart to tell him that there likely wouldn’t be a lot of actual hiking on this field trip. Slugs and...

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My day in the field with Barb and Thomas

Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, BC (Photo by NCC)

Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, BC (Photo by NCC)

On that crisp, sunny autumn day, Barb Pryce and I were on a mission. The trembling aspen leaves had turned golden since I had last visited the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) 3,120-acre (1,262-hectare) Sage and Sparrow Conservation...

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