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Forest History Program

The Forest History Program chronicles the natural and management history of the foothills forest.
The program examines the history of forestry and man's relationship with the landscapes in west-central Alberta, providing context for today's challenges and informing today's practices.

The Last Patrol

Harry Edgecombe was a long service Alberta Forest Service ranger who finished his career as an instructor at the Forest Technology School in Hinton. After retirement, he spent the summer of 1982 on ranger patrol in the Willmore Wilderness Park, traversing many of the trails developed by or travelled on by Jack Glen so many years earlier. Mr. Edgecombe’s report of that summer and his photographs provide an interesting contrast to the times of Jack Glen, reported in the recent book “Mountain Trails” from the Adaptive Forest Management/ History Program.

Excerpt from Mountain Trails

Jack Glen, c. late 1930s Jack Glen Sr. (1891–1983) was a forest ranger from 1920 to 1945 in the foothills of the upper Athabasca. Produced by the fRI Research Forest History Program, the free ebook Mountain Trails tells of the adventures, colourful characters and challenges of bringing order and law to a previously untracked and mostly uninhabited wilderness. Below is an excerpt from Chapter One: First Days on the Trail.
  • Feb. 19, 2013
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Forest History Program is born

In the fall of 2012, the Adaptive Forest Management/ History Program of the Foothills Research Institute becomes the Forest History Program of the Institute.  This reflects the evolution of a program that began in 1996 as the Adaptive Forest Management and History Program.

The Ecotour app - The Hinton Voice

There was a great article in the December 13 issue of The Hinton Voice on the development of an app for the Northern Rockies Highway Guide.  Read the article here.  

Learning from the Landscape

A book about our first 25 years of research, from the Forest History Program.

Amelia Spanach Interview: Spanach Lumber Company

Peter Murphy's 1999 interview of Amelia Spanach for the Forest History Program.

Judd Groat Interview: Guide, Outfitter, Packer

Part of the Forest History Program Interview Series.

fRI Research 2015–2016 Annual Report

Contains highlights of many of our recent projects.

Kenneth Hall Interview

Part of the Forest History Program Interview Series

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