Speakers & Topics: 2018 BC Nature Conference May 10 – 13


John Innes

"Future of British Columbia’s Forests” 

Over the past 100 years, British Columbia’s forests, like those in many other parts of North America, were seen largely as a near infinite source of timber.  Their development enabled the economic development of the province, opening up roads and creating communities throughout the southern half of British Columbia.  Old growth forests were described as “over-mature” or even “decadent”, and the belief was that they should be converted to secondary forests that produce timber more quickly. Harvesting rights to large tracts of forest were given away to companies willing to create industrial infrastructure to process the fibre coming from the forests.  This approach is changing, as fibre becomes in increasingly short supply due to past harvesting levels, the mountain pine beetle and wildfires.  Over the next 100 years, we can expect huge changes to occur, and this presentation will show how the multiple services provided by forests, including the maintenance of biodiversity, carbon storage and sequestration, clean water, higher value wood products, recreational opportunities and human health are being increasingly recognized and given their true economic value.

Dr. John Innes is Dean of the UBC Faculty of Forestry. See more information at: http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/john-innes/ 

Cecil Konijnendijk  

“The Healthy Forest: How Urban Forests Contribute to our Health, Wellbeing and Creativity”  

Urban forests, comprised of all trees and associated vegetation in our cities and towns, provide many crucial contributions to the quality of life and environment.  During recent years, we have learnt a lot about the contributions of urban forests to our mental, physical and social health and wellbeing, as well as to creativity.  This talk will present some of the exciting new research on these topics.  It will also discuss how we can integrate this new knowledge into the planning and management of urban forests. 

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk is Professor, Urban Forestry, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, UBC http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/cecil-konijnendijk/ 

Sandie Hollick-Kenyon 

“Getting to know Vancouver’s Old Streams: Spanish Bank & Salish Creeks” 

Learn about two of Vancouver’s streams and how government and community restore and steward these small urban watersheds. 

Sandie Hollick-Kenyon is a Community Advisor with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  Her geographic area is Burrard Inlet, Indian Arm, and Vancouver of the Lower Fraser area, where she works with 18 community groups and their enhancement streams, as well as 45 school incubators in North Vancouver School District and 55 school incubators in Vancouver School District. Sandie writes,  "I am very fortunate to work with so many dedicated and passionate people in a variety of areas ranging from advocacy, education and outreach through to salmon enhancement and restoration work.” More information at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/advisors-conseillers/lower-bas-fraser-eng.html Read more about the Spanish Bank Creek Streamkeepers at: https://spanishbankstramkeepers.wordpress.com/ 

Eric B. (Rick) Taylor 

"Making Real Progress on Species at Risk in Canada - a Sisyphusian Task" 

Since the federal Species at Risk Act came into legal force in 2003, over 700 wildlife species have been assessed at some level of risk of extinction in Canada.  The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an advisory panel that generates assessments of risk of extinction.  This talk will introduce COSEWIC and how it makes it assessments, and offer some reflections on current limitations to meaningful recovery of species at risk in Canada. 

Dr. Eric B. (Rick) Taylor, Professor Department of Zoology, UBC, is Director and Curator of Fishes, Beaty Biodiversity Museum. He is Chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and a Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society. See more about his lab at: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~etaylor/ 

Wendy DaDalt and Lydia Mynott

"More Than Child’s Play- Designing Parks for Kids in Nature" 

Being in parks and connecting with nature not only feels good, it is good for our health, and fosters a conservation ethic. People now understand this and are coming to natural urban parks in record numbers. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks aims to connect these visitors with nature while protecting its parks natural values.  A particular focus is hosting children who naturally love to explore. Park planners are applying updated design principles and scientific knowledge of natural conditions to develop resilient facilities enticing to children that also deepen their relationship with nature. The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre “Roof to Creek” landscape and concept for the Aldergrove Nature Discovery Area will help illustrate this approach. 

Wendy DaDalt is a Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area Manager. She has had a long career with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and an active personal interest in conservation, outdoor recreation and community stewardship. She was an early promoter of the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” philosophy introduced in the State of Victoria, Australia and since adapted by many park agencies worldwide. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx 

Lydia Mynott is a park planner working with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.  She is a Registered Landscape Architect in both British Columbia and the United Kingdom who has worked on a number of award- winning planning and design projects in both countries.  Lydia obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Architecture from the University of Liverpool and a Diploma and Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield. As a Mom to two young children, Lydia is passionate about connecting children to nature and the benefits of this connection.


Egan Davis 

“Refining the Values Associated with Horticulture and Gardening to Embrace Ecological Principles in Urban Green Spaces” 

Egan Davis is the Chief Educator, Horticulture Training Program, UBC Botanical Gardens. He is also well-known to CBC North by Northwest listeners, talking on gardening with Cheryl McKay on Saturday mornings. http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/horticulture-training-at-the-garden/ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/spring-and-summer-gardening-tips-from-ubc-horticulturist-egan-davis-1.3529386

Brian Klinkenberg 

“Focus on Citizen Science: E-Flora BC and E-Fauna BC” 

E-Flora BC has been actively engaged with citizen scientists for more than thirteen years, with over 20,000 photos being submitted to the site over those years. Together with E-Fauna BC, there are more than 1000 photographers involved in these projects. How have these projects changed our knowledge of the biodiversity of British Columbia, and what have we learned about the citizen scientists of British Columbia? In this presentation I will review the achievements of our volunteers and provide an overview of how you can help contribute to the knowledge of the biodiversity of BC. 

Dr. Brian Klinkenberg is Professor, UBC Geography and the Project coordinator of eflora.bc.ca and efauna.bc.ca 

More information at: http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/~brian/

Here is link to the E-Flora website: http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/ 

and to the E-Fauna website: http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/ 



 David Brownstein 

“Vancouver Natural History Society: 100 Years of Nature Study, Conservation & Exploration” 

Together, we will explore the Nature Vancouver origin story through extensive use of founder Professor John Davidson's lantern slide archive. We will embark on some pre-1940s virtual field trips around the new city, to Garibaldi and to the province's interior. In so doing, we will trace shifting approaches to nature study, and witness the emergence of concerns over change in the natural world. Anxiety over rapid urbanization resulted in movements such as the City Beautiful and Arbour Day. The procurement of clean drinking water spawned controversy over North Shore logging. Finally, the protection of significant natural spaces adjacent to the growing metropolis resulted in legislation to exclude certain human activities from some places. These were all topics that consumed the early twentieth century imagination, and by comparing them to contemporary events we can better judge the trajectory of our own lives.

David Brownstein is an historical geographer and the Principal of Klahanie Research Ltd., a Vancouver firm specializing in applied archival work. www.klahanieresearch.ca Most recently David co-authored a 75th anniversary volume for the Truck Loggers Association of BC, and he is presently co-editing a series of books on Canada's forest history.