10:30 - 11:30 am|
Are we loving our natural areas to death? As more people enjoy the outdoors, we struggle to balance the numbers of visitors with protection of important natural spaces. Our panelists will share their experiences, challenges and opportunities, as the demand on parks continues to grow.
Robyn Worcester, Natural Resource Management Specialist, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Robyn is professional biologist working for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the environmental field within government and non-profit organizations. Born and raised in Vancouver, she is passionate about urban ecology, protected area management and connecting people with nature.
Sarah Fennell, B.Sc, P.Ag Recreation Business Specialist, BC Parks
Sarah Fennell, B.Sc, P.Ag is a Recreation Business Specialist with BC Parks, based out of Victoria BC. Sarah went to the University of British Columbia, and graduated with a BSc in Earth and Environmental Science. After working in the field around BC and Alberta in a number of environmental sectors including oil and gas, forestry, and biology, she joined the BC Government 3 years ago. In her current role she is working on developing a Visitor Use Management Strategy for Joffre Lakes provincial park. This pilot project will help inform development of a provincial framework; seeking to provide structured and defensible decision making around managing visitor use within provincial parks.
Marcel LaBreche, Supervisor of Park Operations, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Marcel is a Supervisor of Park Operations for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. He has a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree and an Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma from Capilano University. He comes from a Search and Rescue background, is a BCFS wildfire suppression instructor and participates regularly on Bear Conflict Prevention committees. Currently, Marcel is working collaboratively with other organizations to develop creative solutions to traffic congestion, public safety and carrying capacity issues during the popular summer months at Belcarra Regional Park.
Susan Rogers, Parks Manager, District of North Vancouver
Susan is currently the Parks Manager for the District of North Vancouver. With a background in Landscape Architecture, park planning, policy and design, Susan draws on 30 years of parks experience, ranging from natural parkland through to neighbourhood and community parks and trails. Susan has experience in the operational requirements and challenges to manage up to 100 parks and trails. With the growing popularity of parks in North Vancouver, the District has been challenged to develop strategies to manage the demand and find the balance between recreational access and environmental protection. Working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary context, Susan has project managed a diverse range of park planning projects, invasive management strategies, park best management practices, community park and open space master plans, mountain bike strategies and environmental park protection strategies.
12:45 - 1:30 pm|
SALMON: CONNECTING ACROSS BOUNDARIES
In the spirit of the International Year of the Salmon, we explore the vital role of salmon in our local waterways and beyond. Scientists and conservation advocates will share stories from their latest research and explain how they are creating awareness and positive change.
Zachary Sherker, MSc Resources, Environment & Sustainability candidate, University of BC
Zachary is completing his MSc at UBC investigating Pacific Great Blue heron predation on out-migrating salmon. Prior to UBC, Zachary completed a BSc in Aquatic Resources and Biology at St. F.X. University in Nova Scotia, during which he studied predator-induced shell plasticity in intertidal mussels and conducted biological surveys on lobster and crab fishing boats.
David Moulton, PhD Student, Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC
David is a PhD student in the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at UBC where he studies the impacts of fisheries, water temperature and infection on Fraser River sockeye. Previous experience includes Master’s research at Texas A&M University tracking habitat use and movement patterns of estuarine fishes.
Fernando Lessa, photographer and biologist
Fernando is professional photographer with a passion for nature. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in photography and has been working to capture unique images that portray the beauty and complexity of the natural world.
1:30 - 2:30 pm|
SESSION 1 - Forest Bathing
Forest Bathing or shinrin–yoku is a slow mindful walk in the woods using all of your senses. It is not exercise, hiking or jogging nor does it require any special equipment. It is simply being in nature and connecting with it through our sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. It is a simple way you can connect to the natural world and reap the multiple mental and physical health benefits. Mona and Lori will share sensory activities with you to try on your next visit to the forest.
Lori is an award winning interpreter with over 30 years of experience sharing nature with visitors through programs and events in parks across Western Canada. Currently a Park Interpretation Specialist with Metro Vancouver Regional parks, Lori is a naturalist, storyteller, and singer who has dedicated her career to connecting people to nature. Her credentials include BA, Museum Technician, Interpretive Trainer and Masters of Environmental Education Coursework.
Currently a park interpreter with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Mona has over 10 years of experience connecting kids and families with nature. She discovered the healing power of forests as a teenager in Vancouver, and the practice of mindfulness meditation over the past 5 years. She is delighted to share these practices and benefits with others.
SESSION 2 - Giants of the Great Vancouver Forest
“The Great Vancouver Forest” may have once held the tallest trees on Earth but most of them have vanished. Old-growth forests with monumental trees more than 100 metres in height once covered the area, and they have not entirely disappeared. What was the forest like years ago? Where are the remaining large trees and how big are they? What do they tell us about our region’s past, and how can they inform how we steward our forests into the future?
Ira has an MSc from McGill studying recovery of coastal temperate forest. His current PhD work at UBC investigates the historical dynamics of BC forests. He is also chair of the BC Big Tree Committee, ISA certified arborist, Forester-in-Training and author of the online big tree guide (www.vancouversbigtrees.com).
SESSION 3 - Tsleil-Waututh Nation Cultural and Environmental Stewardship
Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) are “People of the Inlet,” and have occupied the lands and waters of present-day Metro Vancouver area since time out of mind. Today, TWN maintains a sacred obligation and responsibility to be Stewards of their lands, waters and resources. TWN cultural and environmental stewardship initiatives aim to protect cultural heritage resources and restore the health of the environment so that Tsleil-Waututh people can revive traditional food harvesting, and practice cultural and ceremonial activities in healthy environments. TWN is a leader in combining Indigenous science and values with western science, and in finding creative solutions to advance TWN stewardship initiatives.
Carleen is a Tsleil-Waututh Nation member and experienced community leader. She works for the Treaty, Lands and Resources Department where she focuses on community development and improving health and education within her community. Carleen also serves on the Wild Bird Trust of BC Board, Indigenous Advisory Boards of Burnaby School District and Capilano University, and Board of Governors at Capilano University.
Ginevra is the Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Program Manager at Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Through her role, she advocates for the management and protection of archaeological and cultural heritage resources within Tsleil-Waututh territory.
SESSION 4 - Salmon and Orca Recovery in the Salish Sea
This presentation examines immediate and long-term Chinook fisheries management issues that affect Southern Resident orcas and Chinook salmon in the Salish Sea, including the status of Canadian Chinook stocks and the reasons for this status. Work is currently underway in Canada to examine sanctuaries, fisheries impacts, and reduce vessel noise and disturbance. These and other initiatives to recover Southern Residents will be discussed.
Misty MacDuffee is a research biologist who leads the Wild Salmon Program for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Her current work focuses on juvenile Chinook salmon in the Fraser River estuary and identifying estuary restoration objectives. She also works with a science team addressing and understanding the implications of declining Chinook abundance and fisheries management on Southern Resident killer whales. She currently sits as a representative to DFO’s (federal fisheries department) Harvest Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Initiative for Southern BC Chinook and SRKW working groups. Misty publishes on salmon and their ecosystems and management and has testified to the courts as an expert witness on these topics.