Photo: Jeremy Koreski

Speaker Series

The 2017 Raincoast Speaker Series will focus on the Old-Growth Forests of Clayoquot Sound.

Clayoquot Sound is home to the largest tracts of Old-Growth Coastal Temperate Rainforest on Vancouver Island, and some of the last remaining in the world. These forests represent a rich history of conservation and stewardship, conflict and negotiation, and ever evolving land use planning.

This speaker series will explore traditional and contemporary perspectives on Old-Growth Forests, from
cultural, ecological, social and economic values, to the frameworks that regulate, legislate and manage these ancient lands.

The future of these forests is being decided today. Please join the conversation.
Speaker events will feature two, back-to-back 15-minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion.
Please join us every Thursday Evening in February, at the Ecolodge in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
Admission is $5 at the door.

Thursday, February 2
Tsimka Martin & Andy MacKinnon 
7:30pm at Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Tsimka Martin is a community leader and member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.
Andy macKinnon is a botanist, professor of forestry, and a councillor in Metchosin BC.
Thursday, February 9
Valerie Langer & Satnam Manhas
7:30pm at Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Valerie Langer is with Stategic Projects for (previously known as ForestEthics).
Satnam Manhas is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), with over 20 years of experience.

Thursday, February 16
Lewis George Maquinna & Gisele Martin
7:30pm at Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Lewis George Maquinna is the Hereditary Chief (Ha’wiih) of the Ahousaht First Nation.
Gisele Martin is a Tla-o-qui-aht cultural educator with the Raincoast Education Society.

Thursday, February 23
Terry Dorward & Rhonda Morris
7:30pm at Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Terry Dorward is the Project Coordinator for the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks.
Rhonda Morris is the Forest District Manager for Clayoquot Sound with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

We will be audio recording each session, as well as personal interviews of select community members, to create a podcast! We expect to release the podcast in late April, 2017.

This year's Speaker Series was made possible by Remote Passages, Ocean Outfitters, Jamie's Whaling Station, Sea Wench Naturals, Long Beach Lodge, the Tofino Botanical Gardens, and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. Thank you for your generous support!