October 6th Mycology Event.

Join the FoCW on Saturday October  6th for a Myco-Blitz (a mushroom and Fungi identification and count) with guided hikes and knowledgeable experts. For those wishing to camp overnight until Sunday 7th there will be the opportunity to continue with the exploration of the Temperate Rainforests of the Central Walbran Valley and its diverse and productive mycology.

More information and itinerary to be posted soon.

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2018 Convergence Report.

 

Another great success as over 150 people attended the 5th Annual Walbran Convergence, besides Kaxi:ks (Big River) in unceded Pacheedaht territory. At the opening ceremony Pacheedaht elder Bill Jones welcomed people and was followed by brief talks by representatives of Friends of Carmanah Walbran and the Wilderness Committee and then Private Public Workers of Canada president Gary Fiege, MLA and Green Party Forestry Critic Adam Olsen and Federal MP Alistair McGregor who all made the long dusty journey to share their passion for forestry reform and the protection of the Old Growth.

This was followed by Bill Jones and Adam Olsen cutting the ribbon on the spectacular Emerald Loop Trail which makes it possible for elders and others with mobility issues to access the forest with its giant Cedars and the Emerald Giant and Emerald pool.

Guided hikes followed with a community dinner and a acoustic performance by folk troubadour Luke Wallace.  Those who stayed for Sunday were welcomed by a pancake breakfast served by the Sierra Club. Special thanks to all the donors and notably Ruby Red Blueberry Farms, Tree Island Yoghurt, Caffe Fantastico, Wild Fire Bakery, Norm Smookler. Thanks to everybody who made the long journey on the Community Access Bus and many many… many thanks to all the inspired volunteers who made this event happen, trail builders, cooks and organizers. See you all again next year!

  Some other Convergence attendees, Tree Hoppers, Platycotis vittata . Walbran Convergence, July 28th-29th 2018. Photos James Holkko.

5th Annual Walbran Convergence

It’s that time of the year again! Time to get stoked for the 5th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence!

Taking place in the unprotected heart of Kaxi:ks (the Walbran Valley) in unceded Pacheedaht territory, this annual gathering is a celebration of forest activism and the ongoing fight to protect the Walbran and all threatened ancient forests on the westcoast. This event is to build unity towards the protection of endangered rainforests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth forestry that prioritizes Indigenous rights and title and local communities.

Hosted by the Friends of Carmanah Walbran and the Wilderness Committee, this multi-day event will feature speakers, the official opening of the new Emerald Pool Boardwalk loop trail, community meals, informally guided hikes, workshop offerings, an evening performance by our favourite west coast folk singer Luke Wallace and more, and will include members of the Pacheedaht Nation, grassroots environmental justice groups, elected officials, business and labour leaders and many more!

Transportation:

The Convergence is a family friendly community event for people of all ages, with transportation options available including:

– Day-trip transportation from Victoria and Duncan via the Community Action Bus at a sliding scale of $25-$50; or pay what you can. We are asking those who can afford to pay the high end do so to help ensure that nobody will be left behind for lack of funds.

Bus seats can be set aside for you through etransfer at friendsofcarmanahwalbran@gmail.com

Community meals:

-will be prepared for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. A vegetarian dinner of Greek cuisine will be available on a sliding scale of $15-30 and breakfast on the Sunday morning) will be by suggested donation of $10-20. Meals can be arranged by etransfer to friendsofcarmanahwalbran@gmail.com or through cash-drop at Wildfire Bakery or the Wilderness Commmittee office.

Musical entertainment and circle time:

West coast eco-troubador Luke Wallace will be back in the Walbran with us again this year to share his inspirational tunes of hope, community and resistance at the evening circle, followed by a free-flowing rainforest jam session

This event is being held in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht Nation, and the organizers promote efforts to decolonize environmental activism in the fight to protect Kaxi:ks and all ancient rainforests

2018 Bio-Blitz a great success.

 

The 2018 Walbran Bio-Blitz was another great success as we enjoyed the sunny weather and the vociferous spring bird song. Thanks to Pacheedat elder Bill Jones for welcoming us onto his territory, David, Ben, Juliet, Adolf, Uluna and James for sharing their deep knowledge and to Erika from Wildfire bakery for providing the delicious lunch.

Highlights were the calls and sightings of Marbled Murrelets very early on the Sunday morning, the Merlin, a falcon that was in the Castle Grove and the many types of  colorful slime mold, (see picture above) that were found.

To view the full list of flora and fauna go to the Archive section of this site. See you all again next year or at another FoCW event in the Walbran, check calendar below.

 

Science in the Valley/Bio-Blitz.

Join FoCW and the Sierra Club for the 4th annual Science in the Valley Bio-Blitz (flora and fauna count) in the Central Walbran Valley (Kaxi:ks) on unceded Pacheedaht traditional territory on the weekend of May 12-13th.

Spring is the time when the temperate rainforests really blooms into activity. This years event has expanded to included two days so that we have an earlier start on the Sunday morning when many birds and animals are most active. One of the bird species we are hoping to see and hear are the Marbled Murrelets as they navigate to the ocean from their nests high up in the forest canopy.

Itinerary;

Attending experts in; Bird song identification, Goshawks, plant biology, forestry, soil ecology, Owls, Entomology.

Saturday 12th;

9.30am; Meet for car pooling and convoy if required at Port Renfrew Community Center

11am -1pm; Arrive in Central Walbran

Light lunch, soup and bread supplied by Victorias Wild Fire Bakery.

1pm; Welcome from elder Bill Jones of the Pacheedaht FN, introductions from groups and experts.

2pm; Guided hikes.

Easy/medium difficulty hike ‘Tolkein Giant’ trail, 1 hour.

Medium + difficulty hike, Castle Grove/Giant trail, 2 hours.

Hard difficulty hike, Harriet Nahanee memorial Trail, 3 hours.

After dinner evening ‘Owl and Bat Hike’!

Overnight camp.

Sunday 13th,

6am; Bird identification hike starting on Walbran bridge.

11am; Guided Hikes.

3pm; Close.

 

 

2018 Events Calendar


 FoCW  2018 Events Calendar;

* March Friday 23rd-Sunday 25th. Work group with Wilderness Committee (W.C).

* April,  Friday 27th-Sunday 29th. Work group with W.C

* May Saturday 12th-Sunday 13th. ‘Science in the Valley and Bio-­blitz’. A FoCW and Sierra Club event. Join knowledgeable scientists and volunteers for talks, guided hikes and a Bio-­‐blitz (flora and fauna count).

* May,  Friday 25th-­Sunday 27th. Work group with W.C

*June,  Saturday 23rd- Sunday 24th. FoCW work group.

* July,  Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th. 5th Annual Walbran Valley Convergence. Public event with food, music, workshops and guided tours.

* September,  Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd. Work group with W.C

* October,  Saturday13th-Sunday14th. FoCW work group.

(Note; Please pre-­‐register for W.C and FoCW work groups.)

Boardwalk upgrades.

Rain and shine the volunteers from FoCW and the Wilderness Committee have worked hard again this past year repairing and upgrading the trails and boardwalks within the threatened Central Walbran valley. This important work helps protect the delicate root systems and soils of the rain forest, mitigating the impacts of the growing numbers of visitors who come and experience this amazing place.

To ease the wear and tear on tent spots within the forest and to accommodate visitor numbers, volunteers have also worked to create camping spots along the edges of the logging road.

FoCW and W.C with all donated labor and funds will again in 2018 be working to improve access to this area and to continue to lobby for its protection. The 2018 calendar of work groups and events to be posted soon.

So many to thank, but a special shout out to Will, Olvier, Alex, Mai, Ron, Michael, Tom, Deric, Bill Jones, Jon, Emily and Torrance and all the hard working WC volunteers.