Fragile Inheritance
ecological change
in Canada
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Mission: Fragile Inheritance promotes and supports the long term study of species and habitats, human & environmental effects on them, and the conservation of biodiversity, based on the lifetime work of Fred Schueler & Aleta Karstad.

"Aleta, your paintings/sketches are absolutely incredible! You see the finest details and turn around, paint and then write about them. You are truly a wonderful artist and writer!"

Fragile Inheritance
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Bishops Mills Oxford Station
Ontario, Canada KOG 1T0
(613) 299-3107

Introduction To The Book

Fragile Inheritance book cover
Fragile Inheritance book cover

FRAGILE INHERITANCE a painter's ecology of glaciated North America In 1984, Aleta Karstad and Fred Schueler were commissioned by Methuen Canada to set out across the continent, painting, writing, and collecting to compose a book about humanity's effects on the ecology of northern North America. The resulting manuscript is an intimate description of the nature of our land, with insights into the past, the present, and the future. They called it "Fragile Inheritance, a painter's ecology of glaciated North America."

Plans for publication have resumed, in collaboration with McGill Queens Press. Fragile Inheritance update form

What can we do to increase awareness of habitat loss, invasive species, and human impact on nature?

There is no other independent organized group in Canada which is dedicated to promoting long term monitoring. This is your chance to support the work of Fragile Inheritance.

About the book...
a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

lavishly illustrated with watercolours and
descriptive prose from sea to sea
drawing the baseline for
a legacy of beauty and
change - Aleta Karstad
and Frederick W .
Schueler's life work