Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Paradise Lost by Craig Orr


Searching through the archives and came across this piece by Craig Orr. Originally written in 1994 for the premier issue of the now defunct Wild Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon Magazine. Orr examines the history of Vancouver Island's many steelhead streams beginning with the untrammeled and bountiful wilderness first encountered by Roderick Haig-Brown as a young man to the modern day. Vancouver Island has been ravaged by logging, most of which occured between the 1960s and the 1990s when the impacts of logging were already well understood. Despite the concerns of anglers and conservationists that the many unique and precious runs of salmon and steelhead would be wiped out, logging practices were atrocious, and many streams were logged right to the banks.

Despite the damage done by the logging industry some systems have begun to recover and there is hope that the lessons learned from the last wave of destructive timber harvest will limit damage in the future.

Paradise Lost by Craig Orr

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