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Garratt, James E. 1954-

GARRATT, James E. 1954-


PERSONAL: Born May 18, 1954, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; son of Richard and Rita (Ryan) Garratt; married Verna Lockyer; children: Brant. Education: Sir Sandford Fleming College, degree (forest technician). Hobbies and other interests: Sailing, wilderness travel, astronomy.

ADDRESSES: Home—4864 Major Mackenzie Dr., Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada L4L 1A6. Offıce—32 Greendowns Dr., Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1M 2G7.


CAREER: Scanlon Creek Outdoor Education Centre, Bradford, Ontario, Canada, environmental instructor for ten years; Kortright Center for Conservation, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, employed in operations for thirteen years. Save the Rouge Valley System, chair; Boyd North stewardship committee, member.


WRITINGS:


The Rouge River Valley: An Urban Wilderness, Natural Heritage Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

Contributor to periodicals, including Northward Journal, Nature Canada, CVII, Waves, and Brick.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Northern Euphonia, a novel about the North; Scarborough Bluffs: Another Urban Wilderness; Oak Ridges Moraine: Life on the Edge.

SIDELIGHTS: James E. Garratt told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to preserve the natural environment. My writings are usually based upon direct field experience. They communicate my experiences in the outdoors, as well as alternative viewpoints with respect to humanity's interactions with 'wild nature'. My writings are influenced by such authors as Henry Thoreau, Edwin Way Teal, Ray Bradbury, R. Carson, Ann Zwinger, and Charles de Lint."

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