"Every part of the country should have something like Everything Shuswap." -- David Suzuki

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A president of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society, Jim Cooperman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 27, 1946; attended high school in San Diego and graduated from the University of Berkeley in 1968. He immigrated to Canada in 1969, where he built a log home on 40 acres above Shuswap Lake at Lee Creek where has lived and organically gardened with his wife Kathleen. Together, they have five children and six grandchildren.

Jim Cooperman received his teaching credentials from Simon Fraser University in 1970 and then briefly taught elementary school. After twenty years of construction, log building and saw milling; he joined the environmental movement and from 1990 until the year 2000 was the editor of the British Columbia Environmental Report, a quarterly journal published by the B.C. Environmental Network. He formed the Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) in 1989 to help develop land use plans that included the creation of 25,000 hectares of new parks in the region.

In 1986, Jim began researching and writing about local history and then helped create and edit the first two editions of the Shuswap Chronicles, in 1988 and 1989. In 1993, he authored the chapter on Canada for "Clearcut, The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry;" edited by Bill Devall, published by Sierra Club Books and Earth Island Press. In 1998, he wrote "Keeping the Special in Special Management Zones, A Citizens' Guide," published by BC Spaces for Nature.

In 2005, Jim Cooperman started a long-running column for a bi-monthly newspaper column on local geography called Shuswap Passion, also made available as a blog, and he continued to volunteer as president of SEAS, particularly on watershed issues. In 2010, he helped create the Shuswap Watershed Project that included the region's first-ever watershed map poster and an educational handbook.

BOOKS:

Shuswap Chronicles, Volumes I and II, co-editor (Celista: North Shuswap Historical Society, 1988, 1989)
Clearcut, The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry, co-author (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books and Earth Island Press)
Keeping the Special in Special Management Zones, A Citizens' Guide (Vancouver: BC Spaces for Nature, 1998)
Everything Shuswap (Playfort Publishing 2017)

[BCBW 2017]