Point Abino Woods, ON (Photo by NCC)

Point Abino Woods, ON (Photo by NCC)

Speaker Series puts the focus on forests

November 13, 2015
Ottawa, ON


From “what is the economic value of a tree?” to addressing Nature Deficit Disorder

People concerned about and interested in the conservation of nature in Ontario are invited to a public forum at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting Why Forests Matter on November 17, part of a dynamic cross-country speaker series on the future of our forests.

A diverse group of speakers will consider why they are fascinated by the forest. From artist, to doctor, economist to scientist, they’ll challenge our views of the forest as a resource, an inspiration and a place that sustains life. Short presentations will provoke the audience discussion to follow.

The series, which is supported by the TD Bank Group, will also touch on Nature Deficit Disorder and the healing powers of our forests and how people should be enjoying our forests as part of their physical and mental well being. 

Where:  Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, On
When:   6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Participating will be:

• Dr. Curtis Lavoie Physician | Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
• Marlene Power Executive Director | The Child and Nature Alliance
• Lorna Crozier Poet and author of The Wild in You: Voices from the Forest and the Sea
• Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer | TD Bank Group
• David Lindsay, President and CEO | Forests Products Association of Canada
• Dan Kraus Weston Conservation Scientist, National Director of Conservation Program Development | Nature Conservancy of Canada

Full speaker bios and tickets can be found online at:


“Canadians are well aware that forests support diverse animal and plant life, but this conversation series aims to shed light on the many significant roles that forests play in our daily lives, from a multitude of perspectives – some new, some well-known," said James Duncan, Regional Vice President for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Ontario. "As nature conservation becomes an essential component to our province’s ecological legacy, Ontarians concerned about the future of our forests are invited to participate in this discussion on how our forests are conserved and managed, and why conservation is so critical.” 

TD Forests:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and TD Bank Group are currently in the midst of a five-year program to help protect and care for important tracts of forests across Canada. To date, TD Forests has helped to protect more than 25,000 acres across the country.   Here in Ontario, this program has supported several key projects: The protection of 2,025 acres at Crane River on the Northern Bruce Peninsula; the conservation of Powder Islands, 399 acres of coastal forest habitat in Lake Superior; 43 acres at Backus Woods in Norfolk County and 30 acres in the Point Abino Woods on the north shore of Lake Erie.

Other Why Forest Matters forums were held earlier this month in Vancouver and Calgary.


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 1.1 million hectares (2.7 million acres) coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved over 74,000 hectares (184,000 acres) in Ontario. For more information visit: www.natureconservancy.ca/on.

Jacqueline Segal
Communications Manager, Ontario Region
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Tel. 416.932.3202 Ext. 2215 | Toll free: 1.800.465.0029

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