Three Against the Wilderness

Eric Collier – writer and conservationist

Posted in Eric Collier by stewartjc on March 14, 2010

Eric Collier is a forgotten pioneer of conservation and the reintroduction of animals to a habitat where they have been driven to extinction by man.

He brought beavers – and much other wildlife – back to a dessicated landscape west of the great Fraser River in Canada. Collier told his story in a book published in New York in 1959 – Three Against the Wilderness.

In interviews recorded in 2006, his son Veasy, who was his partner in a remarkable venture in the wilds of British Columbia, brought that story up to date.

Eric Collier died in 1966. Veasy died in 2012.

Go to the pages listed on the right to explore the story.


Wildfires in the Chilcotin and Cariboo August 2018

Posted in Uncategorized by stewartjc on August 9, 2018

Eric Collier brought water back to a dessicated landscape, prone to forest fires, by rebuilding the old beaver dams and – eventually – reintroducing beavers. The Chilcotin area is still vulnerable to wildfires.

The Williams Lake Tribune reported on 6 August 2018:

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting 13 new wildfires were discovered in the Cariboo Fire Centre Sunday, Aug. 5.

Three were discovered in the Horsefly area, all of which are 0.01 hectares.

Six new fires were discovered in the 100 Mile Fire Zone, the largest being the Whale Lake fire estimated at one hectare in size. One 4.1 hectare fire was identified in the Chilcotin zone (later determined to be in Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction), one spot fire in the Williams Lake area and the remaining two fires were located in the Quesnel Fire Zone.

There are a total of 78 active wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, 33 fires are in Out of Control status, 19 are in Being Held status, and 26 wildfires are in Under Control Status. A total of 14 wildfires were called out yesterday.

Read the full report.

A pathfinder in the world of conservation

Posted in Conservation by stewartjc on March 14, 2010

In 1959 Eric Collier published Three Against the Wilderness, a book based on the life he led – as a trapper – with his wife and son, in a remote part of Canada.

The Colliers’ home in the ‘wilderness’ © Wil Stewart

Eric Collier was ‘a man ahead of his time’, according to Andrew Anaka, Conservation Officer with the Ministry of Environment, based in Williams Lake, British Columbia in 2006.

[Click on the ‘play’ button to hear the interview clip below]

Image: © Photawa |

Find out more about the Canadian beaver.

Interesting information also here.