Nahanni Reforestation Sep 19, 2014

My good friend Benji at Poler’s wife, Nahanni, recently decided to undertake a massive project. Her father ran a treeplanting business on the west coast in British Columbia from 1977 to 1987 called Nahanni Reforestation. At the time, Nahanni was a young girl and she grew up in the woods – not to mention she was born in a teepee. Years later, she discovered all of her father’s negatives and began scanning them.

It’s inspiring to see it all unfold and now, she’s launching a Kickstarter to gain funding for a book.

  • boomforeal

    when i read “massive project” and the next few lines, i thought wow, starting up a silviculture company in coastal bc, that is a pretty big undertaking! making a book with someone else’s content on the other hand…

    • John Watson

      It’s her father’s photographs.

      • boomforeal

        her father = someone else

        could be a great book. eating dirt is one of my favorite reads of the last few years, and it would have been even better with pictures. but (opinion) i think you are somewhat overstating the scale of the endeavor

        • John Watson

          I just meant anytime you do something with a family member’s work, or in this case, a lifetime of dedication to a good cause, it can be a massive undertaking both emotionally and physically, particularly when you are literally born into it.

          Nahanni is lucky enough to have her father still alive today, but talk to anyone working on similar projects and the emotional weight of such an undertaking is a lot larger than one can conceive of on paper.

          Just offering an opinion. I see what you’re saying as well, just thought I’d add another perspective, ya know?

        • Chris Valente

          Really? I have never published a book but sorting the photos, preparing them for publishing, working on the layout and getting the thing into production sounds like a pretty massive undertaking to me. Especially as something that is not your day job and done as a labor of love.

          • boomforeal

            i guess its all relative and matter of perspective then. [opinion] i look at things like building a house from scratch, going on a three year missionary stint in sub-saharan africa, biking around the world, etc. as undertakings worthy of being described as “massive”. something you do in your spare time at a desk doesn’t quite rate [/opinion]. i’m all for positivity and pumping up people’s tires. but i also think its important not to get too blindered by your own personal and work context and keep some perspective

          • John Watson

            fair enough