Landscapes of (Un)lawful Chaos: Conflicts Around Temperate Rainforest and Biological Diversity in Pacific Canada


  • Gordon Brent Ingram

    1. Gordon Brent Ingram is a fourth generation Vancouver Islander whose father worked in logging operations in Clayoquot Sound and sold dry goods to the Haida. Ingram completed his Ph.D. in environmental planning at the University of California at Berkeley and recently organized a human rights complaint, now with an ongoing investigation, of the Faculty of Forestry of The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
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Unresolved questions of land and resource ownership, that have persisted from the colonial period, are limiting rain forest conservation in many parts of the Pacific Rim. In this outline of the liquidation of the ancient temperate forests of Pacific coast of Canada, the notion of the obscuring of the ‘cognitive map’, of various perceptions and social priorities, is explored in order understand contradictions of legal systems that contribute to continued conflict and instability. The local context for forest conservation are outlined for the Haida and Nuu-Chah-Nulth people as well as for the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada