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Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey to the very edge of the world, where roads end, and untamed wilderness begins. Welcome to "Stikine Wild - The Wilderness Years - Second Edition," a captivating memoir written by Stefan Jacob and edited by Sheri Kawahara-Fisher.
Imagine a place so remote that the concept of electricity, telephones, and television is merely a distant memory. A place where the nearest supermarket is a daunting 400 miles away, accessible only via rugged dirt and gravel roads. This is the backdrop against which Stefan and Ann Jacob, accompanied by their four-month-old baby, Ariana, set their course.
In the frigid March of 1976, they arrived in the secluded village of Telegraph Creek, BC, nestled near the Alaskan border. Beyond Telegraph Creek, the world gave way to an uncharted expanse where no roads or people existed for hundreds of miles. It was here, in the heart of the Stikine wilderness, that the Jacobs chose to make their home and raise their family.
Their story unfolds in the shadow of a frozen river, where an 8x10 foot abandoned log cabin homestead became their sanctuary. It's a tale of resilience, determination, and the unfaltering spirit of adventure as they learned to generate their own electricity, cultivate vegetables for the community, and contribute to the development of a salmon fishery in the heart of the Stikine River wilderness.
Yet, it is not just a personal adventure; it's a historical chronicle of the tumultuous conflict between Canada and Alaska over the rights to the salmon that spawned in these very waters. Stefan's role in representing the Canadian Stikine River fishermen and the Tahltan Tribal Council during salmon treaty talks ultimately led to a groundbreaking compromise that shaped the Trans-boundary Salmon Treaty.
"Stikine Wild" is a mesmerizing fusion of personal memoir and historical documentation, offering an intimate glimpse into the Jacob family's life in the wilderness while shedding light on the intricate web of politics, ecology, and culture that defined this remote region's history.
As you embark on this literary journey, you'll be transported to a world where nature reigns supreme, and human determination knows no bounds. You'll witness the struggles, triumphs, and unexpected twists that define a family's extraordinary life in the untamed wilderness.
But this is more than just a story; it's an invitation to explore the past, present, and future of a region that has been forever shaped by its people and the relentless flow of the Stikine River.
Are you ready to be captivated by the wilderness years of the Jacobs and the storied history of the Stikine River? Join us in this remarkable adventure.
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The place at the end of all roads was called Glenora, beside the Stikine River. The dirt road simply ended on the rocky shore of the river. Past that point for hundreds of miles to the south, west and north, there were no roads and no people until the river finally reached Alaska, 150 miles away. It was there and beyond where we lived and raised our family for many years.
In late March of 1976 my wife Ann and I, with our four month old baby, Ariana, drove into the village of Telegraph Creek, BC, the most remote community in all of British Columbia, Canada, near Alaska. The town had no electricity, telephone or television, and was 400 miles (700 km) from the nearest supermarket by dirt and gravel road.
At the end of the road in Glenora, twelve miles beyond Telegraph Creek, we left our van by the frozen river and went 17 miles (25 km) further down the river on the ice, to live in a tiny 8X10 foot abandoned log cabin homestead. This is the story of our life in the Stikine wilderness, raising a family of three children, creating our own electricity, growing vegetables for the town, and eventually helping develop a salmon fishery in the Stikine River wilderness.
The in-river commercial fishery created an international conflict between Canada and Alaska, since Alaska didn't want to share the salmon with Canada, though most of the salmon were born in Canada. I represented the Canadian Stikine River fishermen along with a representative from the Tahltan Tribal Council (the local first nation people of the Stikine region) at the salmon treaty talks. Together we helped find a compromise based on co- managing the salmon stocks with Alaska, eventually creating more salmon for both countries. This formed the basis for the Trans-boundry Salmon Treaty.
The book is the story of our personal adventure in the Canadian wilderness. It also tells the largely unwritten history of the conflict between Alaska and Canada over the fishing rights to the salmon spawned in the river, and the future role of the Tahltan First Nation people controlling their own salmon resources. Later I co-managed the commercial in-river fishery with the Tahltan First Nation, which led to many other adventures and an unexpected conclusion.
The book is both a personal memoir of our family’s adventure, and a snapshot of that time and place in the history of this remote region of the country.