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A book of my dad's photographs from 1977-87 while he was a treeplanting contractor on the west coast and in northern British Columbia.
A book of my dad's photographs from 1977-87 while he was a treeplanting contractor on the west coast and in northern British Columbia.
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 Treeplanting got it's start in the 1960's after logging practices in British Columbia were leaving large swaths of bare earth that had little to no regeneration. The duty was first deligated to the loggers wives, to go in and replant the seedlings where the clearcuts had taken place. After this proved insufficiant, forestry companies started offering up reforesting contracts and in the 70's groups of young hippies took those contracts and started treeplanting.They hauled in all supplies needed to sustain weeks and months at a time, setting up primative camping sites on location of the planting.

I was born in a teepee on a sandbar 11 miles up the Kingcome river on the west coast of British Columbia. It was the first treeplanting contract my parents were hired for, they were 19 and 20 years old at the time. My dad, Daniel James, delivered me into his dirty hands and my mother, Jenny, was back planting within a few days. Those were the days... 

A few years ago I was looking for a photographs of myself as a child to show my young daughter. I asked my dad if he had any, to which he answered by dropping off a large bag full of trays and trays of slides that he shot while during his treeplanting contractor days in the 70's and 80's. Most of my time spent in camps were warm fuzzy memories of dogs, riding in the back of trucks, sleeping in tree boxes, stealing mouthfuls of icing while the cooks weren't looking, late night fires and early morning rain. When I scanned the slides, it was apparent that my dad had a full documentation of life in his camps. Over the last year I have been sorting through his slides and posting them on Instagram @nahannireforestation.

 Now I am hoping to make a book.

The teepee I was born in
The teepee I was born in
dad
dad
me
me
Big Al and uncle Trevor
Big Al and uncle Trevor
Bute Inlet, 1977
Bute Inlet, 1977
Nahanni Reforestation tee
Nahanni Reforestation tee
Nahanni Reforestation Sweatshirt
Nahanni Reforestation Sweatshirt

 The money raised from this Kickstarter will directly fund the first edition publication of this book. The goal reflects cost of layout and the minimum order needed for it to get published. It will be a hardcover, 8x12, offset printed, in the USA.

Dan and I present day
Dan and I present day

Risks and challenges

As far as setbacks, I don't forsee too many. I have the slides scanned, the layout done and a great printer ready to go. Of course delays are possible so I am setting our expected delivery date for pre-Christmas, enough time to make revisions if needed but in time to give to interested friends and relatives (yours and mine :). Thanks so much for supporting this project!

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