All posts by Mark McLaughlin

Don Brubacher, "New Brunswick Autumn Colours," Flickr

The Potential of Hope within Environmental History Scholarship

Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a mini-series on hope and environmental history. To read the series’s other posts, click here. As I prepared for this ASEH roundtable […]


Counterbalancing Declensionist Narratives in Environmental History

One of the themes that seems to be the topic of continuous discussion within the field of environmental history is how we need to do more than simply produce declensionist […]

Environmental historians inspect a decommissioned, all-in-one mechanical harvester at the Central New Brunswick Woodsmen's Museum in Boiestown.

Seeing the Forest (Workers) for the Trees: Environmental and Labour History in New Brunswick’s Forests

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts considering the intersection between environmental history and labour and working-class histories. The entire series is available here. We scholars can […]

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Stone's Studio photographs: P342-14159A-1

Encountering Environmental Imagery from the Present and the Past

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at A few Christmases ago, my partner’s parents gave us a promotional magnet for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, pictured here on our […]

Fraser Companies Ltd.’s pulp mill in Edmundston, New Brunswick, circa 1950s. Fraser was one of several large pulp and paper companies in New Brunswick that benefitted from the regional economic development programs in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly through increased control of the province’s Crown (public) forests. (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, P225-1929)

Why Maritime Union Is a Bad Idea: An Environmental Historian’s Perspective

Originally posted on HEARsay, the blog of the NiCHE regional group, Historians of Environment of the Atlantic Region. Maritime Union, or one united Maritime province, is an idea that predates […]

The Sound Canadian Research Behind Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Originally posted on September 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. In this influential book, Carson argued exhaustively that the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides […]

Engaging Environmental History Students Through Non-Traditional Means

During Summer Session 2012, I developed (with the help of Bill Parenteau, Jason Hall, and Teresa Devor) and taught the first environmental history lecture course ever offered at the University […]


The Big Tree, Forestry in New Brunswick, and the Value of Nature

In Victoria County, New Brunswick, there is a certain tree which the locals refer to as the “Big Tree.” This particular tree sits atop a knoll alongside the Trans-Canada Highway, […]