Founded in 2003, the Trust was granted a federal charter as a “Corporation without share” under the Canada Corporation Act and was registered as a Charitable Organization under the federal Income Tax Act.
The Trust successfully protected 95% of the forest by establishing the Everwoods community on Cortes Island. Financing for the project was provided through the sale of a limited number of homes on just 5% of the land base. Everwoods was the first example of a conservation community in BC, where housing, sensitive eco-forestry, and associated value-added timber manufacturing resulted in the saving of a mature second-growth forest, with some beautiful Old Growth Douglas Firs.
Next, the Trust worked to apply the Everwoods model to the 1000 acre Elkington Forest lands near Shawnigan Lake. It fulfilled its initial goal of protecting the forest from clear-cut logging by rezoning the entire site to a Community Land Stewardship Zone, and having conservation covenants placed on the forest. As well, the timber rights within the southern portion of the covenanted areas that were designated for selective eco-forestry were transferred to the Trust. These were important and time-consuming accomplishments completed in the harsh financial climate – post-2008 financial crisis.
In addition, the Trust supports Wildwood Ecoforest, located near Cedar BC, as a prime example of proven, responsible forestry and which act as a focal point for individuals and organizations that wish to learn how to replace non-sustainable industrial logging with ecosystem-based forestry.
The Trust is committed to demonstrating that humans can live in the forest as part of a community of plants and animals all living within the bounty and limitations of nature. Let us tell you the story of what we have learned, so that you can do something similar for a part of the forest that you love.
Ecoforestry logging is encouraged in designated areas; all old growth trees, riparian zones and fragile locations are preserved in total.
The Ecoforestry Institute Society was established in 1994 as a charitable society dedicated to encouraging the principles and practices of ecoforestry. It is the trustee of Wildwood Ecoforest, a beautiful old-growth forest near Nanaimo, British Columbia, where the Society demonstrates that trees can be harvested while maintaining the forest as a healthy ecological system.
With a volunteer Board and a core of community volunteers, the Society has developed a viable and sustainable framework built on the stewardship of Wildwood forest. Economic worth is gained through the production of quality wood products and services, educational programming, ecotourism and related activities. The Society also encourages research based on the Wildwood site.
The Society’s work has received considerable attention, and representatives of numerous organizations from around the world visit Wildwood to study alternate approaches to forestry.
Co-founder & Director
Ann is a truly Renaissance woman: a unique and passionate performing artist, composer and librettist, narrator, workshop facilitator, author, and keynote speaker. At the same time, she is an environmental leader, devoted to preserving old-growth forests and restoring natural balance. Her work has won her many honours including the Order of Canada and YMCA Woman of Distinction Award. She has travelled the world, worked with the dying, dined with the Queen, spent time with the head Sangoma of the Zulu Nation, worked in Calcutta with Mother Teresa, and co-founded two organizations: The Trust for Sustainable Forestry, to preserve forest ecosystems especially old-growth forests, and The Somerset Foundation, that supports social innovation and environmental well-being. Learn more about Ann at www.annmortifee.com.
Michael Coon, M.Sc.
Secretary & Director
In his 32 years with the BC Government, Michael was the first Seaweed Biologist, Manager of licensing and regulation of aquaculture industry, and Director of the Land and Resource Management Planning Branch in the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management. He is now President of the Board of the Victoria School for Ideal Education, assisting BC and Federal Green Party and increasing public awareness of the dangers of 5G wireless technology and promoting regenerative organic agriculture. For inspiration, he winters in Kauai where he works on grass roots projects and takes a horseback expedition in the Northern Rockies of BC each summer.
Hans Tammemagi, Ph.D.
Hans is a writer, public speaker, photographer and member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Formerly, he was a certified environmental auditor, worked in waste management, and was an environmental consultant/scientist managing his own firm, Oakhill Environmental. He was a member of the International Ecotourism Society, the Writers’ Union of Canada, Canadian Nuclear Society as well as being an adjunct professor in environmental sciences at Brock and Victoria Universities. He has written 10 non-fiction books (one national best seller) and hundreds of articles. His passions are preserving old-growth forests and slowing the run-away human population. www.hanstammemagi.com
Treasurer & Director
Kelly is a Search and Rescue Technician with the Canadian Airforce and his squadron’s environmental officer. After becoming a parent, Kelly radically changed his perspective to focus on his son’s inheritance; a livable and healthy planet. He is passionate about passive house building, organic gardening and permaculture design. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Environmental Management. His specific area of study is complex system theory for ecological and human systems. His thesis focuses on understanding the conditions for the emergence of a globally unified grassroots environmental organization. Kelly and his wife Ginette have also opened a zero-waste grocery store in Courtenay called Local Refillery.
Barry Gates has been a forest land manager for over 15 yrs. His knowledge, both practical and scientific, offers him a much-needed place on the board of the Trust. He is also vice-chair of the EcoForestry Institute Society and has been involved with Wildwood since 2001.
His current projects include Manager of FSC certified forestlands; Member/planner Ecological Design Panel and Shawnigan Lake watershed ecological planning initiative. He was a co-planner of the Elkington Forest Conservation Community Project. In his spare time he harvests, mills, and builds with wood from the beautiful forests in his home region.
Doug is a registered urban planner, a sustainable real estate developer, and friend of the forests. Doug’s career has focused on the planning, administration and development of new towns and sustainable communities in Canada, the USA, and Mexico. He has been a key player within an inter-disciplinary team of accountants, engineers, architects, biologists, and urban designers. He also has worked in the construction, marketing and sales of successful residential projects. Doug was formerly the Development Manager of the South Elkington Forest development, and has been a Director of the Trust for Sustainable Forestry since 2016. Doug lives in Victoria, is married to Cathie and they have three children and one granddaughter. www.scaladevelopments.com
Deb is a graduate student in Royal Roads’ Environmental Education and Communication Master’s degree program. She has an eclectic background in communications, public relations and environmental/social activism. Over the course of two decades, she’s worked as a social entrepreneur, marketing consultant, media spokesperson, and non-violent communications facilitator. She’s designed and implemented national multi-media campaigns, and generated publicity for a wide range of clientele and sustainable causes. Deb received the Ecostar Award for Community Environmental Leadership as the founder and director of the Organic Islands Festival & Sustainability Expo. She has advanced environmental causes with her outreach campaigns, fundraisers and special events including the Big Tree Festival at the Elkington Forest development.