Farley Mowat Oct. 7, 1825: Following an extraordinarily dry summer, the Great Miramichi Fire burns more than 1 million acres and claims an estimated 300 lives in New Brunswick, Canada, and Maine. The fire is believed to have been started by campfires in logging camps along the Miramichi River.

Oct. 7, 1983:  "Never Cry Wolf" is released. Based on the memoir of Canadian nature writer Farley Mowat (at right in 2010), the film tells the story of a Canadian government scientist sent to study the "menace" of wolves, only to become enchanted with them.

Oct. 7, 1992: U.S. Congress authorizes the creation of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts. An area rich in marine life with a long history of sport and recreational fishing, Stellwagen is also home to a multimillion dollar tourism industry for whale watching. Fishing is permitted in the sanctuary, but some harmful commercial activities, like sand and gravel mining or the offloading of petroleum products, are banned.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.