General News · 13th June 2018
Bob stepped down from the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative Board at the May AGM. The past and present boards would like to recognize his nearly three decades of heartfelt service toward the realization of a community forest on Cortes.
In 1985 at Hollyhock, Bob Tracy took to heart this message from poet Gary Snyder. "Find a corner of the planet to defend and defend it.”
Before arriving on Cortes Island, Bob jokes that he was a shipwrecked sailor, working on the coast in the forest industry since 1975. In the mid 1980s, along with a few others, he helped form a Forestry Committee, which became the Cortes Eco-forestry Society, which was later replaced by the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative. He continued to work up and down the coast as an engineering crewman, laying out roads and logging boundaries and setting chokers. He also trained as a log scaler. He always returned to his treasured community on Cortes Island.
Bob brought tenacity to the boards he served on, as well as extensive work experience in the industry, and the ability to see both sides of an argument. You can spot Bob’s truck with the two bumper stickers “tree hugger” and “logger”. In terms of forestry on Cortes, Bob believes there is a line to walk that balances our need for wood supplies and maintaining a healthy forest ecosystem. He advocates a 200 year plan for the forest which prompts careful choices to take the right amount of trees in the right way to nurture a forest we can all be proud of.
Comment by Matt C on 15th June 2018
Thanks to a woodsman of the finest order.
a fine portrait!
Comment by David Shipway on 15th June 2018
I'm glad this photo of Tracy finally made it into the public realm. It was taken while we were mapping James Creek in great detail with Project Watershed in 2009, thanks to a grant from Tides Canada.
We discovered that a backpack Trimble GPS wasn't that much better in deep forest than a small hand-held device, and that GPS is crucial technology in any ground-truthing of our existing maps of the island.
lots of logger/ tree hugs back to you
Comment by sonya friesen on 15th June 2018
thanks Bob for those hugs we have always shared and more to come.
Thank you, Bob!
Comment by Becky Knutson on 14th June 2018
For all you have contributed to Cortes and the sustainable forestry on our island. your years of expertise have helped make our Community Forest a reality!
It's been great working with you Bob
Comment by Mark Braaten on 14th June 2018
Thanks for your inspiring example. 30 years of volunteer service is a tough act to follow!