A most beautiful and inspiring weekend at the Walbran Valley Convergence. With over a 120 people adding their voices to the growing momentum to protect the Central Walbran. There was the opening of the Harriet Nahanee Memorial Trail which is named in honor of Harriets work to protect this area and her inspiring leadership. The trail allows visitors to witness this threatened ancient forest and has long sections of Cedar boardwalk which helps accessibility and also protects the areas fragile soils. There for the ceremony were members of Harriets family, Harold, Leo and Francis, age 6, who cut the ribbon. Also attending was Pacheedaht elected Chief Jeff Jones, his wife Helen, elder Bill Jones and lovely folks of all ages, many visiting for the first time. With the sun shining everyone enjoyed the festivities in this preciously magnificent forest/river environment, last of its kind on the south island.
Thanks to all the kick-ass volunteers, doing set-up, clearing parking and camping spaces, cutting firewood, greeting guests, the cooks, those serving food, doing cleanup, take- down, creative child care, the speakers, story-tellers, workshop leaders, singers, MCs, the magical light show, to the children, the swimmers, the star-gazers, the bonfire merriment and all lovers of the wild, sharing in our bright-eyed passion for this enchanted paradise in the threatened heart of the watershed: We will prevail in winning its protection!
Thank you all for making this such a sweet and memorable weekend and we will see you next year for the 4th annual Walbran Covergence.