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Fish Wars and Trout Travesties

Fish Wars and Trout Travesties

Saving Southern Alberta's Coldwater Streams in the 1920s

by George Colpitts

Published by: Athabasca University Press

150 pages, 140.00 x 216.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781927356715
  • Published: August 2021


Today, efforts at environmental protection commonly take the form of“top-down” measures, in which overarching plans, usuallybased on scientific reports, are implemented through environmentallegislation, which is then enforced at the local level. <em>Fish Warsand Trout Travesties</em> offers an instructive glimpse into an earlierera, before the state assumed its present degree of regulatory controlover the environment. In southern Alberta of the 1920s, townspeople andcivic leaders took a spirited interest in the management of their localrivers and streams and often held strong opinions about which speciesof fish should be conserved and by what methods. Often these opinionsreflected a growing division between the traditional, ruralunderstanding of nature as the means to survival and an emerging urbanconception of nature as recreational space. Such conflictingperspectives – founded, as they were, on differing views aboutthe relationship of human beings to the natural world – meantthat local debates could be quite heated. </div> </div> <div id="tab-3" class="tabs__panel tabs__panel--authors" style="display: none"> <div class="tabs__content"> <p><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN"><html><head><meta name="generator" content="HTML Tidy, see www.w3.org"><title>George Colpitts is an environmental historian andassociate professor of history at the University of Calgary. Hisresearch focuses on the ways in which residents of western Canadaunderstand and position themselves in relation to the natural world.