Gullchucks Estuary, BC

Gullchucks Estuary, BC

TD Forests contributes $50,000 to help protect pristine rainforest on BC’s central coast

November 2, 2015


The Nature Conservancy of Canada's efforts to protect forests on BC's central coast has received a $50,000 boost from the TD Forests program. The money will support the conservation of 50 acres (20 hectares) of pristine old-growth forest and estuary in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Gullchucks Estuary is located on Denny Island near Bella Bella. The project will protect a swath of undeveloped coastal temperate rainforest, as well as the floodplain, lower reaches and estuary of the salmon-rich Gullchucks River. Together these habitats support an astonishing array of wildlife, including wolves, bears, eagles and significant runs of Pacific salmon.   

This announcement is being made as part of Why Forests Matter, a public lecture series hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and TD Forests. Why Forests Matter brings together artists, doctors, forest experts, economists and conservationists to share in a cross-country conversation about the importance of forests in Canada, and to Canadians.

Each evening event features short presentations on the current state of our forests, how they influence our communities, and, most importantly, why they matter, followed by a moderated question and answer panel with questions from the audience.   

The public is invited to come out to Why Forests Matter in Vancouver on Wednesday, November 4 at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Details follow.

When: Wednesday November 4. Doors at 6:30. Talks begins at 7:00.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens. 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC


Mark Anielski, Chief Well-Being Officer and Co-Founder | Genuine Wealth Inc.
Topic: Indigenomics of forests

Lorna Crozier, poet and author of The Wild in You: Voices from the Forest and the Sea
Topic: Forest poetry

Brian DePratto, Economist | TD Bank Group
Topic: Value of natural capital

Dan Kraus, Weston Conservation Scientist, National Director of Conservation Program Development | Nature Conservancy of Canada
Topic: The importance of conservation

Andrea Lyall, Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator | University of British Columbia
Topic: Forestry

Dr. Phillip Miller, Physician | Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Topic: Health and forests

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and TD Bank Group are currently in the midst of a five-year program to help protect important tracts of forests across Canada. To date, TD Forests has helped to protect almost 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) across the country.

Other Why Forest Matters forums are being held in Calgary and Ottawa.

About the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. More than one quarter of this area is in British Columbia.

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