The lives of tree planters in the Canadian wilderness have gone largely unrecognized. And yet the Nahanni Reforestation camp planted upwards of twelve million trees during the ’70s and ’80s throughout British Columbia.
Now, Nahanni Arntzen, the daughter of camp member Daniel James, has collected over 500 of her father’s photographs from between 1977 and 1987, when roughly 30 men and women planted the trees. She intends to turn them into a book, with the help of Kickstarter contributions to make it all possible.
The images are quite amazing, giving a glimpse into the daily life of these tree-planting hippies in interior British Columbia. Each year James would photograph the entire season, often ending with a party and slideshow for the crew. Arntzen herself was born in one of these camps, inside a teepee 11 miles up the Kingcome River.
Here’s a preview of some of the images the book will contain. And you can also check them out on Instagram.