Kevin Van Tighem is an author and retired Banff National Park superintendent who has remained a strong voice in the preservation of Alberta’s wilderness, and has been the one of the most vocal supporters of the proposed South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. The plan, which is designed in part to protect the South Saskatchewan headwaters, has encountered resistance from off-road vehicle enthusiasts who don’t want to be limited to designated trails, despite the damage unlimited access can cause to ecologically sensitive areas. Van Tighem has been an unofficial spokesperson for the plan, using media appearances for his new book, Bears Without Fear, to discuss the importance of preserving our province’s natural resources – particularly its watershed – from overuse.
In his book The Homeward wolf, he discusses the history of wolf mismanagement in Alberta and explores some ideas of how to reduce conflict between people and this challenging but fascinating wild predator.
A brief synopsis of this book:
"Wolves have become a complicated comeback story. Their tracks are once again making trails throughout western Alberta, southern British Columbia and the northwestern United States, and the lonesome howls of the legendary predator are no longer mere echoes from our frontier past: they are prophetic voices emerging from the hills of our contemporary reality. Kevin Van Tighem’s first RMB Manifesto explores the history of wolf eradication in western North America and the species’ recent return to the places where humans live and play. Rich with personal anecdotes and the stories of individual wolves whose fates reflect the complexity of our relationship with these animals, The Homeward Wolf neither romanticizes nor demonizes this wide-ranging carnivore with whom we once again share our Western spaces. Instead, it argues that wolves are coming back to stay, that conflicts will continue to arise and that we will need to find new ways to manage our relationship with this formidable predator in our ever-changing world. Whether they fear wolves or love them, readers will find this book as challenging as it is enlightening. The author offers a powerful argument that how we choose to live with the homeward wolf will bring out the best in us... or the worst. In the end, the return of the wolf may ultimately help us find our own ways into a deeper, more sustainable relationship with the great Western landscapes that enrich and define us."