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Recall of the Wild

Over the years, we have known many Albertans that we knew would have amazing stories to tell of the province’s wilderness if they were given a chance.
A regular feature was therefore added to the Wild Lands Advocate, and titled Recall of the Wild.
The Recall of the Wild stories feature wilderness and wildlife enthusiasts, conservationists, experts and citizens. These articles are dedicated to individuals who have inspired us with their love of Alberta’s wild lands, wild rivers and wildlife, and their efforts and achievements for conservation.

June 2012

Michael Bloomfield

By Nigel Douglas

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February 2012

Tom Maccagno

A Champion of the Wild

By Aaron Davies. Forward by Ian Urquhart

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December 2011

Zoe Preston

WW II Decoder, Avro Arrow Design Artist, Builder of K.C. the Bear

By Vivian Pharis, AWA Director

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October 2011

Stephen Herrero

Scientist, Advocate, and Wilderness Defender

By Nigel Douglas

Stephen Herrero’s name is synonymous with bears. His contribution to our understanding of bears and their behaviour has been unparalleled in North America, probably in the world. Stephen left his native California in 1967 with a PhD in psychology/ zoology. His travels led him inexorably towards Alberta, where he began a long and fruitful association with the University of Calgary, studying how bears interact with one another and how this translates to their interactions with people. Throughout his career Stephen has shown an understanding that with the privilege of studying such spectacular creatures as grizzly bears comes the responsibility of advocating on their behalf. His renowned book Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance was first published in 1985, and has been in print ever since. It has sold more than 115,000 copies.

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August 2011

Bob Scammell

Several Lives Well-lived

By Vivian Pharis, AWA Director

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June 2011

Verna Siga

Bears, Bergs and Bonding: Verna Siga’s Life in Jasper

By Ian Urquhart

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April 2011

Louise Guy

Intrepid Soul

By Polly Knowlton Cockett

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February 2011

Phyllis Hart

A Guide for Us All

By Polly Knowlton Cockett

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October 2010

Peter Lee

“Lee prefers to think of our accomplishments in terms of how we behave, how we interact with others. A successful life then is one where we ‘act with integrity, try to be a role model, have some fun…’.”

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October 2010

Marmie Hess

By Carolyn Campbell

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August 2010

Herb Kariel

“Herb Kariel’s… primary interest in nature has always been sharply focused on mountains and, especially, on getting to the top of them…”

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June 2010

Doug MacFarlane

By Vivian Pharis and Norma Ruecker

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June 2010

Ross Watson

By Ian Urquhart

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April 2010

Fred Schroeder

By Norma Ruecker

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February 2010

Ron Lyle

By Norma Ruecker

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October 2009

Gordon Kerr

By Ian Urquhart

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August 2009

Steve Dixon

By Vivian Pharis and Norma Ruecker

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April 2009

Elmer Kure

By Dorothy Dickson

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February 2009

Ray Hill

By Vivian Pharis

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June 2009

Gordon Matthews

By Norma Ruecker

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December 2006

Vivian Pharis

Infused with a love of wilderness as a child roaming her grandparents’ ranch, Vivian Pharis has spent much of her life relentlessly advocating for the preservation of natural places. After completing a BSc in botany and a BEd, she taught high school biology and art for ten years. She has been involved with AWA since the 1960s, participating in the development of the Eastern Slopes Policy, leading cleanup trips on horseback in the Bighorn, acting as AWA President, and being a Board member for almost two decades. In 1992, Vivian was recognized for her achievements by being named one of the Calgary Herald’s Women of Consequence. Her love of horses and dogs, her experience as a vineyard owner, her artistic pursuits, and her passion for nature are just some of the threads in the tapestry of Vivian’s diverse life.

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When citizens and their representatives in government fail to place a high value on wilderness as a resource in itself, then its disappearance – especially in reasonably accessible locations – is swift and certain.
- Bruce M. Litteljohn and Douglas H. Pimlott, “Why Wilderness?”, 1971
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