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June 2008

Canadian Geographic magazine June 2008
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This year, our annual environment issue will provide more than food for thought — the pages of Canadian Geographic will be printed on wheat straw. It’s our message to magazine publishers and pulp-producers alike, that adding agricultural waste to pulp mix can offer farmers a new source of revenue and cut down on the demand of pulp from our boreal forests. And in this issue, we head into B.C.’s Flathead River Valley with writer Jeff Hull who investigates the American discontent with a coal mine proposal near the Montana border.

Writer Curtis Gillespie heads to Alberta’s Tar Sands to discover what oil companies can do to preserve the area while extracting the coveted oil below. We also celebrate the work of biologists John Smol and Jules Blais the 2008 Environmental Scientists of the year.

PLUS: a pictorial of the new Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

A river to ruin
Why are Americans fighting to protect a river valley in British Columbia?
By Jeff Hull

Brothers in biology
Half-brothers share this year’s environmental scientist honours
By Allen Abel

Scar sands
Five fixes to limit the environmental damage of Alberta’s oil sands
By Curtis Gillespie with photography by Garth Lenz

Simply Superior
Creating the world’s largest freshwater conservation area
Photography by Gary and Joanie McGuffin with story by Ray Ford

Online exclusive: Canadian Geographic Photo Club
Join us for an interview with photographer Gary McGuffin and get a behind-the-scenes look into a photo shoot for Canadian Geographic.


The inside story
Toxic track record, The dating game, Honour roll, The North at their fingertips

Editor's notebook
Introducing the wheat sheet

Meet our writers and photographers

Plug in and power up, Fair treatment, Homesteader kids, Where’s the North Shore?, No glow on Toronto, Cousin to the crab

Species at Risk Act turns five, Green waters ahead, Talking trash, Green badge of honour, Banners to bags, Upstream battle, Bad medicine, Healthy harvest, Beetle roof, Turfing pesticides, Voices: The biologist

Harvesting the down of the eider duck is helping biologists preserve its habitat on Quebec’s Île aux Lièvres
By Lindsay Borthwick


À la carte
Last stands: mapping the world’s shrinking forests
By Steven Fick and Elizabeth Shilts

Feeding frenzy, Stupid is as stupid does, The great beyond

On the horizon
The lost Eden of Okanagan

Putting down roots
Photography and story by Isabelle Groc

In Habitat
The pursuit of idleness
By Nick Bantock

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