Nahanni Reforestation Book
My dad, Daniel James, was a treeplanting contractor from 1976-1986 on the west coast and northern British Columbia.
After clearcut logging practices in were leaving large swaths of bare earth that had little to no regeneration, forestry companies started offering up reforesting contracts in the early 70's and a few groups of young hippies took those contracts. They hauled in all supplies needed to sustain weeks and months at a time, setting up primitive camping sites on location of the planting.
Starting his company Nahanni Reforestation in 1977, dad lead a core group of 30 planters consisting of family, high school friends and folks met along the way, and planted roughly 20 million trees over 10 years.
I was born in camp, in a teepee on a sandbar 11 miles up the Kingcome River on the west coast of British Columbia, the first contract my parents were hired together for. They were 19 and 20 years old at the time. Dad delivered me and my mother, Jenny, was back planting few days later, working while I slept in an empty tree box that she moved up and down the hill beside her.
Many of my childhood memories in camp consist of hanging out with the dogs, riding in the back of trucks, sleeping in tree boxes, stealing icing while the cooks weren't looking, the music around late night fires and early morning rain.
Dad photographed hundreds of Kodachrome slides, as well as documenting through a decade of journals, providing a unique documentation of life in his camps, and a window into the grassroots of silviculture history in British Columbia.
Edited and published by Nahanni Arntzen. First edition. Hardcover, 8"x 12", 128 pages. Printed in the US