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Recorded Histories

First hand accounts of people involved in Ontario's forest history

Blogs and Stories

Oral history is a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. 

The FHO wants to gather oral histories from people who have been involved in forests and forest activities in Ontario. 

By Jim Farrell

A few weeks ago I happened across the Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook page and discovered a promo for a recent book they published on JR Booth. Somewhat surprisingly, in spite of his prominence and impact on the Ottawa Valley a full and comprehensive biography of his life and accomplishments has never been written.

On Sept 27th as part of the CIF Annual Meeting program in Nanaimo, FHO Board members Terry Schwan and Jim Farrell were treated to an excellent field tour that included visits to beautiful Cowichan Lake, a very successful pole plant in Ladysmith and monstrous trees in Chemainus, but the highlight was certainly the time we were hosted at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, BC. 

Note: all oral history files are copyrighted and cannot be copied or used without permission of Forest History Ontario and the Interviewee.