A one-year webinar series presented by SPES

Following the release of our second State of the Park report in October 2020, SPES is debuting a webinar series entitled, “Caring for Natural Spaces in Urban Places”. Through the series, our vision is to connect diverse knowledge and practices to foster resilient urban ecosystems.

The webinar series will convene a diversity of voices from scientists, urban planners, and knowledge holders in a year-long series of public online engagements, with subjects around supporting the ecological health of natural spaces in urban places, including Stanley Park and beyond. All audiences are welcome to attend.

Each quarter will focus on a general theme:

  • Oct-Dec 2021: Forests
  • Jan-Mar 2022: Wetlands
  • Apr-June 2022: Nearshore
  • July-Sept 2022: Climate

Forest Presentations (October to December 2021)

Presentation: Legacy of Trees: Caring for Vancouver’s Parks, Yards, and Boulevards

Registration for this talk is now closed.

October 21 2021, 8pm, Online (keynote at SPES’s AGM)
by Nina Shoroplova

Referring to her new book about Stanley Park, “Legacy of Trees”, Nina will identify Vancouver’s “heritage” trees and consider how we can best support trees in artificial contexts like city parks, yards and boulevards.

Click here to download Nina’s list of Vancouver Heritage Register of Trees

Photo: Silmara Emde

Presentation: Salnachiya ?e te Tsaiylu (The Forest & Me)

Registration for this talk is now closed.

November 18 2021, 1 pm, Online
by Candace Campo, ancestral name xets’emits’a (to always be there) and Richard Till, smanit stumish (mountain man), from Talaysay Tours

Candace writes: “Salnachiya ?e te Tsaiylu (The Forest & Me) is a presentation on our Indigenous and more recent settler relationship to the land and to the forest, emphasizing the Indigenous scientific, medicinal, technological and food uses of the forest and sea, while exploring Indigenous and non-Indigenous uses of the land, including trade and travel. We have unique and some common experiences and it shapes our relationships to the land interculturally, individually and intergenerationally. This presentation is an exploration and a sharing between two colleagues and friends – an indigenous woman and a settler man – and how the land bridges us as skalamix (human beings).”   

Photo: Talaysay Tours

Presentation: Bringing Back Winded Forests

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December 9 2021, 5 pm, Online

by Michel Desrochers, Manager of Capital Planning & Strategy, City of Vancouver

In December of 2006, Stanley Park was struck by a major windstorm. The storm resulted in substantial disturbance, felling over 15,000 trees in the Park. Extensive ecological restoration was needed and accomplished through partnerships and in-kind support. Michel Desrochers, Manager of Capital Planning & Strategy with the City of Vancouver, will present on the challenges, successes and lessons learned in this substantial restoration work.

Photo: Rees Tucker

Wetland Presentations (January to March 2022)

Presentation: Invasive Species

January 19 2022, 5pm, Online

by Tasha Murray, Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV)

More details to come

Presentation: Wetlands – Part of Surrey’s Green Infrastructure

February 16 2022, 1pm, Online

by Pamela Zevit, RPBio, Biodiversity Conservation Planner, City of Surrey

What do we mean when we are talking about wetlands, and how well do we understand their role and function? How do wetland ecosystems fit into the City of Surrey’s biodiversity and green infrastructure goals and objectives? This presentation will focus these issues using examples and approaches from the City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing city.

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Nearshore Presentations (April to June 2022)

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Climate Presentations (July to September 2022)

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Thank you to sponsors and donors supporting the series!

Brian Herrin

Banner photo credits: Forest and Nearshore: Devon Yu; Wetlands: Rees Tucker; Climate: Michael Schmidt