Wednesday July 20, 2016

Rewilding

Rewilidng in the Netherlands. A pathway leads into a forest on former farmland. (Photo: Anik See)

Rewilidng in the Netherlands. A pathway leads into a forest on former farmland. (Photo: Anik See)

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After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to return to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada, seen as one of the wildest places on the planet, and in the Netherlands, where similar efforts have reached a critical point. **This episode originally aired on November 24, 2014.


Guests in the program:

J.B. MacKinnon,  journalist and author of The Hundred-Mile Diet and The Once And Future World: Nature as it was, as it is, as it could be.

Frans Vera. former ecologist with the National Forestry Service in The Netherlands, and one of the founders of the Oostvaardersplassen.

Mark Fisher, honorary research fellow with the Wildland Research Institute at Leeds University.

Jori Wolf, landscape historian with the National Forestry Service in The Netherlands.

Thomas van Slobbe, Director of Stichting wAarde, a think tank that liaises between the government and NGOs on issues of wilderness and nature.

Karsten Heuer, President of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.


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J.B. MacKinnon discusses more examples of rewilding



Listen to the full interview with Thomas van Slobbe





 

Reading list

  • The Once and Future World: Nature as it was, as it is, as it could be by J.B. MacKinnon, published by Random House, 2013.

  • Walking the Big Wild: from Yellowstone to the Yukon on the grizzly bear's trail by Karsten Heuer, published by The Mountaineer's Books, 2004.

  • Feral by George Monbiot, published by Penguin, 2013.

  • Wilderness in Europe: what really goes on the between the trees and the beasts by Frans Vera and Frans Buissink, published by Tirion, 2007.

  • Fences and Freedom by Thomas van Slobbe and Marius de Geus, published by  International Books, 2003

  • The Homeward Wolf by Kevin van Tighem, published by Rocky Mountain Books, 2013.

  • Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino, published by Vintage, 2001.


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‚ÄčAnik See is a Canadian writer and radio producer living in The Netherlands. She has published three books, and has contributed to many publications and magazines, such as National Geographic, The Walrus, Brick, Geist, The National Post, and Toronto Life.

She was this summer's writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and has produced award-winning radio for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, ABC, the CBC and Monocle.