Ecoforestry Institute Society
Category: Non-Profit – Tags: Ecoforestry Institute Society, Wildwood, ecoforestry, ecology, Merv, Wilkinson, ecoforest
admin [at] ecoforestry.ca
2929 Crane Road
Cedar, British Columbia V9G 1C8
The Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS), a registered charitable society, are the new stewards of Wildwood Ecoforest. Wildwood is a 77 acre property located in Cedar, near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island and is the oldest continuously managed ecoforest on the west coast of North America. It was once owned by Merv and Grace Wilkinson, and is home to old and second growth forest and a functioning ecosystem, despite ongoing logging since 1945. Merv originally intended to farm the property, but was persuaded by his professor to study Scandinavian forest management philosophies and practices. He went on to develop the field of ecoforestry, for which he was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. EIS is committed to continuing to build on Merv’s work and his legacy by demonstrating it is possible to benefit from the forest while retaining an intact ecosystem. Educational programs for all ages that showcase interests from timber framing to plant identification and use, the eco renovation of the Wilkinson Heritage Homestead, the timber harvest and the production of value-added goods are just some of the activities now in the planning stages. EIS holds Wildwood in trust on behalf of the public, in perpetuity and will offer wonderful learning opportunities for generations to come. We welcome enquiries from all interested parties, particularly tour guides, workshop instructors and artisans. EIS memberships available and donations gratefully accepted.