Where Nature Lives

This talk outlines the ways in which the development of Vancouver, BC in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries tied the city to the mountainous landscape immediately to its north. Considering episodes from resource extraction and outdoor recreation, it shows how urban interest in local mountains served to co-produce both the city and what city boosters have labelled ‘Where Nature Lives.’

About the Speaker

Dr. Rossiter in a snowy environment
Dr. David Rossiter
Professor of Geography, Western Washington University

David Rossiter is an historical geographer and professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at WWU. He is interested in the historical production of the province of British Columbia, with particular focus on issues of territoriality and land use. He recently co-authored an historical geography of the province with Tricia Wood of York University titled Unstable Properties (UBC Press 2022).

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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