EHTV Episode 15 – Oak Hammock

This episode of EHTV features an interview with Dr. Shannon Stunden Bower about her research on the history of Oak Hammock Marsh, a substantial wetland complex situated northwest of the City of Winnipeg, capital of the Canadian Province of Manitoba. The wetland initially served as a habitat for wildlife and a valued resource for local people. Later, it was subject to attempts at agricultural drainage. The past few decades have seen an effort to restore the marsh as a waterfowl refuge. The Oak Hammock example sheds light on larger patterns of human-environment interaction across the Canadian Prairies and Northern Great Plains.

Viewers can read more about this history in Dr. Stunden Bower’s new book Wet Prairie: People, Land, and Water in Agricultural Manitoba. She also blogs at http://stundenbower.com/

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Sean Kheraj is an associate professor in the Department of History at York University. He researches and teaches in the areas of environmental and Canadian history. In addition to being a co-editor of niche-canada.org, he is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at http://seankheraj.com.

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