You’re invited to come celebrate BC’s Big Trees and help us raise awareness about forest conservation!
At the first annual Big Tree Festival at Elkington Forest, come meet and greet celebrated ecologists, local eco- foresters, sustainable building experts and community leaders championing forest conservation, watershed protection and citizen science.
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
- Contact us to Volunteer, Request an Exhibit Space, Newsletter
- The Big Tree Festival on Facebook
- Elkington Forest – Map & Directions
- The Big Tree Festival Program – See below
- BC Big Tree Website
With your help as citizen scientists and with the support of the BC Big Tree Registry officials, we’ll be measuring and enrolling our Big Trees in the Big Tree Registry – a first for trees in the Cowichan Valley Regional District! No forestry experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. Come make a difference for forest conservation in our province.
The BC Big Tree registry, a project of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, enlists the help of local citizens to identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of each species within British Columbia. Festival goers will measure Big Trees, collect research data and have the opportunity to be named as Nominators of a Big Tree. A photo of you with your favourite Big Tree could be included in the Big Tree Registry!
Festivities will include special guest presentations, a community fair with eco-vendors, solar energy demo by Solaris Sunpump, eco-home tours with Foreman Properties, TransCanada trail hike with the Shawnigan Lake Trails Committee, local food by Malahat Chalet Restaurant, coffee/tea samples from CrauseCo Fine Beverages, live music and children’s activities. See below for the list of participants.
Come watch and learn low-impact tree climbing. Courtesy of festival sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and ISA Certified Arborist Matthew Beatty. Matthew will demonstrate low- impact tree climbing while collecting data in the tree canopy for current academic research.
ECO-HOME Q & A with the experts
Pine Lodge Contracting
MacDonald and Lawrence Timber Framing
Scala Development Consultants
CANARM Rainwater Management
11 am to 4 pm
Community Fair with Eco-vendors
11 am to 1 pm
Low-impact Tree Climbing Demos
Tree canopy specimen collection
*see below for tree measuring schedule
1 pm to 2 pm
Chief Michael Harry, Malahat Nation
Doug Makaroff, Living Forest Communities
Ann Mortifee CM
2 pm to 4 pm
Meet & Greet with Ann Mortifee, Andy MacKinnon, Doug Makaroff, Barry Gates, Sonia Furstenau
and other special guests
BIG TREE MEASURING PROGRAM
Dress for the weather. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.
11:00 am Sharp — Register for tree measuring at registration tent
11:30 am — Short Hike to Big Trees
11:45 am — Tree Measuring | Tree Climbing Demos
1:00 pm — Return to registration tent
1:00 pm — 2:00 pm Nominators only – complete documentation for Big Tree Registry (Show home Office)
MICHAEL HARRY, Chief Councillor
ANDY MACKINNON, Research Ecologist/Autho
Committee Chair of the BC Big Tree Registry
Renowned West Coast research ecologist, botanist and lecturer Andy Mackinnon is known for blending scientific fact with humour. He’s authored numerous books – his Plants of Coastal British Columbia has sold 250,000 copies.
Andy will assist festival goers measure trees, and will share his stories about BC’s Big Trees.
“Many of BC’s Big Trees have yet to discovered and recorded.” BC Big Tree Registry.
Celebrated performing artist, author and conservation activist, Ann Mortifee is the founder of the Trust for Sustainable Forestry. The Trust provides a self-financing model to conserve forests through eco-forestry, organic mini-farms and sustainable development wherever there is community support.
Ann helped pioneer the eco-forestry/conservation model of development on Cortes Island when a neighbour’s beloved forest was threatened by the prospect of deforestation.
“A world in which we love the forest and act accordingly.” The Trust for Sustainable Forestry.
Area B Director Shawnigan Lake
As an educator and activist, Sonia Fursteanu is a determined advocate on behalf of the Shawnigan community and its social, economic and environmental well-being. Sonia has mobilized citizens in getting their voices heard through effective letter writing campaigns resulting in positive change and community building.
At the festival, participants will learn how to use letter writing as an effective tool for environmental change.
MATTHEW BEATTY, Certified Arborist/Researcher
TJ WATT, Nature Photographer
Co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance
Eco-vendors and building experts participating include:
Strathcona Forestry Consulting
BC Big Tree Registry
Bartlett Tree Experts
Community Learning Centre
CANARM – Ken Nentwig
MacDonald & Lawrence Timber Framing
Malahat Chalet Restaurant
Pine Lodge Contracting
CrauseCo Fine Beverages
Scala Development Consultants
Shawnigan Parks Commission
Shawnigan Bio-remediation Society
Shawnigan Residents Association
White Tiger Sales
We acknowledge the generous support of: