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Sustainable forest management: What does it look like?
At the Wildwood Ecoforest there is a living example of ecologically intact old-growth ecosystem.
Merv Wilkinson, who was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his pioneering work in ecoforestry, first began harvesting at Wildwood in 1945. He always harvested less than the annual growth and thus ensured the ecological integrity of the forest remained intact.
The Ecoforestry Institute Society acquired Wildwood in 2016 and since then has completed its first tree harvest and an on-site restoration. The society has developed a system of ecological management planning as well as a variety of educational programs, tours and events open to the public and private interest groups.
This is one of many models that provides an alternative to the unsustainable status-quo.
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