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Ecoforestry at Wildwood Workshop

September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sat. Sept 30, 2017 9am-10am Meet and Greet, 10am-4pm Workshop
By Donation and Open to Everyone –
This workshop is valued at $100 but is offered this time only by donation to be inclusive to all community members. Please give generously according to what you can afford. All donations fund our work to promote ecoforestry practices across the landscape. **Advance registration and payment are required and space is limited (Register at Bottom).

Join us for a workshop at Wildwood to learn about the basics of ecoforestry and how we are applying them at Wildwood. Ecoforestry is a forest stewardship system which aims at preserving or enhancing ecological functioning while providing for ecologically appropriate levels of harvest or other uses.

Participants will be offered some ecoforestry theory, insight into our forestry planning and tree selection, legal protection measures for Wildwood, discussions, a chance to tour Wildwood, hopefully some harvesting in action and the opportunity to socialize and network.

Wildwood is the longest continuously-managed ecoforest on the West coast of Canada aside from First Nation forest management. Timber has been harvested selectively from this forest since 1938, always maintaining essential forest structure including old-growth seed trees, large woody “debris” and snags.”

What to Bring:
Please bring a folding chair and wear clothes and footwear appropriate to being in the forest and potentially exposed to rain and slippery conditions.  Also bring a packed lunch, snacks and water.

Where to Meet:
Please gather at the Visitor Centre close to the property entrance.  The workshop will start at 10am, but people are invited to arrive for 9am to meet the instructors and socialize with other participants.

About the Instructors:

Peter Jungwirth is a Registered Professional Forester in both BC and Austria (from where he immigrated). He is also a certified Arborist, tree risk assessor and faller. Prior to immigration, Peter worked in Forestry research. In BC, he has been active as a forestry and arboriculture consultant and also as a hands-on arborist. He has designed and instructed several ecoforestry courses and is a Director on the Ecoforestry Institute Society.

Barry Gates - EIS Chair of Board of Directors

Barry Gates serves as a Director of the Ecoforestry Institute Society.  He is a private forest owner and manages his FSC certified forestlands with ecoforestry principles.  Beyond Wildwood, Barry is also active in forest and watershed initiatives, such as the Elkington forest conservation community project, the Ecological Design Panel, and the Shawnigan Lake watershed ecological planning initiative.

Erik Piikkila is a BC Forester in Training with Ecoforestry experience in BC, Finland, the US Pacific Northwest, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Redwoods of California.  He was trained by the world renowned ecoforester Jerry Franklin.  At the BC Ministry of Forests, his work involved assisting 10 Major Forest Companies with 30 different operations, BC Timber Sales and Woodlot Licenses implement the BC Forest Practices Code.  Most recently he has been offering a 4Seasons Eco School to K – 12 students, providing eco tours of Wildwood to University students, and is involved with several watershed groups in the Cowichan Valley.

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September 30, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Wildwood Ecoforest
2929 Crane Rd
Ladysmith, BC v9c1c8 Canada
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