Attending experts in; Bird song identification, plant biology, forestry, soil ecology, Owls, Entomology.
Either travel vie Lake Cowichan for 2WD vehicles with sufficient ground clearance.
Or meet at 9.30am for car pooling and convoy if required at Port Renfrew Community Center. For access from this route 4WD is recommended or with high clearance 2WD and logging road travel experience. There are travel cost subsidies available to make access to the ancient forest more affordable. Contact FoCW for more info and to also reserve car pooling.
11am -1pm; Arrive in Central Walbran.
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’!
5am; Bird and Marbled Murrelet identification hike starting on Walbran bridge.
11am; Guided Hikes.