Return to the Island of Eyes
When a native of Vancouver, Randy Stoltman
had an unquenchable thirst for exploring, photographing
and working to protect the wilderness areas of the west
coast. Combining his technical background with his love
for wilderness, Stoltmann has measured mapped and documented
record sized trees and ancient forests since high school.
He loved hiking, bushwacking and ski-mountaineering through
the backcountry of southwestern B.C.
Hiking Guide to the Big Trees of Southwestern
British Columbia , originally published in 1987, was Stoltmann's
first book. Since then, he has been a contributing writer
to the award winning 1989 book Carmanah:Artistic Visions
of an Ancient Rainforest. He has also provided information
for numerous other books and magazine articles, and his
photos of ancient forests have appeared in such publications
as Canadian Geographic and Western Living.
Randy died in a mountaineering accident but
his spirit lives on in his books, and in the inspiration
to save the big trees. Randy helped raise the public consciousness
of the threat to unique and irreplacable heritage, the trees.
The Western Canada Wilderness Committee is working very
hard to save a wilderness area in B.C. that is called the
Randy Stoltman Wilderness Park. His dedication in this lifetime
is acting as an inspiration to protect endangered areas.
Hiking Guide to the Big Trees
by Randy Stoltman
Publisher Western Canada Wilderness Committee
This guidebook points the way to where people can enjoy
a few remaining stands of large old-growth trees. It explains
a few basic functions of old-growth eco-systems and points
out the difference between these and second growth forests.
The guidebook is offered in the hopes that our children
may also walk in the wilderness and see, hear, feel, smell
and touch the ancient forests - and that the forests,in
return, will touch them.
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1977. Della Burford, Dodoland in Cyberspace 1995-2011 Della
Burford and Dale Bertrand.