Over the next few years, the Forest History Program will complete the projects currently underway or proposed. These include:
A study of the unique history of the Whirlpool River valley, focusing on the railway tie logging of the 1920s but including the river’s links to the history of Aboriginal people in the area, the development of the fur trade, and the early development of Jasper National Park. David Thompson travelled up this valley and “discovered” the Athabasca Pass in January 1811. This project, 200 years later will explore developments since this discovery.
Project Lead/Author: Peter Murphy
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.
This project is supported by a grant from the Forest History Association of Alberta.
Project Lead: Pete Murphy
Pete Murphy and Tom Peterson through their work on the Whirlpool River Project, have been re-discovering the historic overland route of the fur trade up the Whirlpool River – the Columbia Trail. In the course of doing so, they have also been re-tracing the route through the rest of Jasper National Park. Karen Byers of the Jasper Yellowhead Museum helped with this project. Deliverables include a voice-over powerpoint production now posted on the fRI website; a downloadable .pdf of the presentation available on the fRI website, and; a plot of the trail on maps and air photos (not yet complete, pending further field checking).
Project Lead – Peter Murphy
In 2008, fRI Research established a database for historical information and reports. In 2015 materials and interviews from the AFM/History program were edited for addition to the database. Some interviews will be posted, others will be kept back for limited access by permission.
Project Lead: Bob Udell