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TerreWEB Seminar: Eric Jacobsen, Galiano Conservancy

January 26, 2015

Eric Jacobsen, Galiano Island Conservancy

 Thursday, November 29th

 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 Room MCML 258

 Everyone welcome!

Research Opportunities with the Galiano Conservancy

The conservancy is looking for researchers to become involved in conducting and communicating earth-based science on our protected lands including:

-A Permaculture Food Forest novel ecosystem
-An industrial tree farm restoration project with 15 years of data
-An impelled old growth Douglas Fir Arbutus coastal forest

The organization:

Formed in 1989 as an instrument for community-based acquisition, management and conservation of land and habitat, the Galiano Conservancy has become a broad-based organization whose primary purpose is “To preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the human and natural environment” on Galiano Island. Focused on conservation, restoration, education and fostering a connection to nature, the Galiano Conservancy has protected over 1000 acres of important ecological communities and more recently agricultural land on Galiano Island. It has conducted award-winning ecological restoration programs and has offered educational programs to over 35,000 participants. The GCA is expanding its capacity to offer programs that connect people of all ages, but especially children and youth, to the natural world. The GCA is developing a 188 acre Learning Center focused on placed-based learning and experience. Connected to a trail network through the mid island protected areas network and having over two kilometers of in tact old growth shoreline, the learning center is an ideal space for learning, research and adventures in nature.

Eric Jacobsen – Education Coordinator
An adventurer and lover of the forest, I believe in the power of human experience to transform the way we think and live upon the Earth.  Having grown up in the heart of Toronto I understand the need to find and connect to natural spaces and am continually seeking out this restorative connection.  With a B.A in Cultural Anthropology from UBC and a Masters degree in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto I have worked as a mental health worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as a social science researcher, a bioenergy consultant and on a wildlife preserve in the Yukon.  I am thrilled to be on Galiano and working with the conservancy to develop and deliver programs as well as support research that facilitates connective experiences and learning about the natural world.

The Spring Seminar Series Schedule can be found here.

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