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Talk and Log

Wilderness Politics in British Columbia

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Talk and Log

Wilderness Politics in British Columbia

For more than three decades, British Columbia's old growth forests have been a major source of political conflict. In Talk and Log, Jeremy Wilson presents a comprehensive account of the rise of the wilderness movement, examines the forest industry's political strategies, and analyzes the inner workings of the policy process. He illuminates the forces behind controveries that have divided British Columbians, preoccupied the provincial government, and drawn the attention of people across Canada and the world. By discussing the patterns and trends underlying the past three decades of wilderness politics, Wilson identifies the currents likely to dominate B.C. wilderness debates in decades to come.

482 pages


Table of Contents

Tables and Maps

Preface

Introduction

1. Perspectives on the Policy Process: Puzzling, ‘Powering,’ and the Constraining Importance of the Policy Legacy

2. The BC Forest Industry

3. The BC Wilderness Movement

4. Government Institutions and the Policy System

5. ‘You Have to Break a Few Eggs’: Environmentalism Challenges the Resource Development Juggernaut of the 1960s

6. The Ragamuffins and the Crown Jewels: Bob Williams Confronts the Forest Policy Orthodoxy

7. The Delegitimation of Social Credit Forest Policy, 1976-91

8. Containing the Wilderness Movement, 1976-85

9. ‘Have a Good Day, and Try Not To Damage the Grass’: Wars in the Woods, 1986-91

10. The Shifting Discourse of Wilderness Politics, 1986-91

11. The Rise of the Cappuccino Suckers

12. Sausage Making in the 1990s: Forest Practices and Allowable Cuts under the NDP Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Glossary of Acronyms

Select Bibliography

Index

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