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.

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  1. tracy mcclure-jacober said, on January 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    What an amazing family! I’ve read Three Against The Wilderness twice.It’s a keeper!! Makes me wish I had been there! Another wonderful book is Crusoe of Lonesome Lake by Leland Stowe, a true story of Ralph Edwards and his family, very much the same as Eric Collier and his family.

    • poirot maurice said, on February 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Veasy Collier est il encore vivant? J’ai beaucoup apprecie ce livre.

    • Travis C said, on March 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I have also read both books Three Against The Wilderness and Crusoe of Lonesome Lake, they are both amazing true stories of life in the Canadian wilds. Books of this nature are getting harder to find I myself have several, they are like my children, I will never get rid of them. Also check out A.L.Karras he has three books that are well worth reading.

  2. C.Jackson said, on July 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Great read and a truly remarkable family!

  3. Eve Fons said, on August 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I have just finished reading this and it was amazing..I couldn’t put it down. Did Veasy ever marry?

  4. Reiner Weiss said, on April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I hoped – even I thought – that Collier switched from a Saul to Paul, when he had experienced that the revival of the beavers was rescuing nature and his deserted homeland! So his life story had the chance of an apology for his committed crime of killing animals for money! But he went on, doing the same sins, even appreciating the increasing stock of the fur-market in the ’50s. Buying cars and having a well fed bank-account! It’s sooo simple and cheap, raping Nature for money and his own interests! Thumbs down from me!

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