The forest has strongly influenced economic and social life in British Columbia’s West Kootenay region and its influence continues today.
These oral histories were collected for the West Kootenay Forest History Project to preserve the history of that influence on people and society. Initial oral histories were conducted in 1985 when the project began, and continued until 1994. In the summer of 2009, the Nelson Museum of Art and History was successful in securing funds from The British Columbia History Digitization Program. The results of this project can now be heard online at:A Life in the Woods – Oral Histories from the West Kootenay Forests.