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10th October 2019
Forest Summit & Convergence, October 26 & 27, 2019
501 Carbonate Street, Nelson, BC

It has never been more critical to build a broad united movement in British Columbia to take action to restore and protect our ecosystems.

This Convergence is a grassroots call to action to:

Identify the basic principles and values that should underpin forestry activity and our work, to identify and summarize solutions, and to outline next steps.
Motivate fellow citizens and communities to mitigate the climate crisis, protect forests and water, and preserve species biodiversity.
Influence and steer government legislation, policy, and action.

We know what the problems are: climate crisis, deforestation, species extinction, imminent ecological collapse, threats to water and food supply, and governments that compliantly support corporate destruction of the environment. We know the situation is urgent.

At this point, there is nothing to be gained from more discussion about the problems. Now is the time to generate and implement solutions from the ground up. It is time for broad-based, citizen action.

This Convergence is aimed at bringing together the diverse interests whose common goal is to restore and protect the ecosystems of BC: environmental groups, citizen groups, hunters, fishers, farmers, foresters, water protectors, community groups, Indigenous groups, recreation groups, etc, plus scientists and other concerned individuals.

This is for those who wish to organize for change, unify our voices, explore solutions, take action and implement solutions.

We will bring together our diverse experiences and backgrounds to build a powerful movement that can drive our economic, social, and political systems to support ecosystem restoration and protection in BC.

Outcomes for Strategy Sessions: What is our message? How do we build power? How do we inspire action? Information gathered at the Strategy Sessions will be correlated and shared widely with community groups, on social media, and with media to spread the message and inspire action. It will also be sent to government. The next actions will evolve out of this event.

Topics include

Regional representation - possible models, how to make this happen?

Forest Tenures - alternatives

Bridging the gap between the science, land use, and democratic processes/ reform of public land management

Education and transition for workers

The economics of forestry - alternatives to the current model

Alternative methods of forestry - on the ground

Leveraging changes to FRPA and other policy - how can communities and scientists build on this momentum? Opportunities. What regulation will make ______happen?

Forest Summit & Convergence, October 26 & 27, 2019
Hart Hall, 501 Carbonate Street, Nelson, BC

Saturday, October 26, 10-5

Speakers & Expert Panel

Sunday, October 27, 9:30-3:30

Synthesis & Strategy Sessions

Speakers include

Herb Hammond

Erik Piikkila

Douglas Gook

Jeff Brown

Jennifer Houghton

Dr. Brian Horejsi

Detailed agenda is attached.


Visit Prepay online prior to Oct 20.

$60 for both days

$40 for October 26 only

$30 for October 27 only

At the door/after Oct 20.

$75 for both days

$50 for October 26 only

$40 for October 27 only

A limited number of bursaries are available for students so they can attend for free (includes anyone under 18 or anyone else enrolled in post-secondary education). Limited bursaries are also available for adults who want to attend but find that payment is currently beyond their means. We don't want anyone turned away because of affordability - each of us is entitled to contribute to our future. Please contact

This event is being organized by volunteers from a number of groups in southern BC, including people from the Boundary Forest Watershed Stewardship Society, Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance, BC Coalition for Forestry Reform, Kootenay Water is Life, Ymir Community Watershed Society, Public and Private Workers of Canada, West Kootenay Ecosociety, as well as other concerned and dedicated individuals. The event will be funded by attendance revenues and sponsors.

Volunteers are needed! Are you good at connecting a cause with the right sponsors? We can use your skills. We also need a techie wiz to set up a Livestream and record the speakers to make the event accessible to those who cannot attend in person.


Lead Organiser: Jennifer Houghton