General News · 30th August 2012
Here’s a long list of thank yous to everyone who took part in Foretsfest. The weekend was a stunning success and mostly because of how so many people all pulled together.
Somewhere between 400 and 500 people were present at the first ever “protestival”. With successful individuals and organizations like the Wilderness Committee, Tzeporah Berman, the Ancient Forest Alliance, Rex Weyler and the Forest Action Network coaching eager young activists from around the province, the message was sent out again loudly and clearly that Cortes Island is socially inoperable for industrial forestry. Then too, with presentations from Bruce Ellingsen about sustainable forestry, Kristen Scofield Sweet regarding connecting with “Spirits of Place”, a much appreciated blessing from Norman Harry Senior, a traditional chief of the Klahoose people, and a whole lot of really good music, it was equally apparent that at Forestfest, we were as clear about what we resonate with, as what it is that we don’t want to see here.
The musicians and presenters,
The sound crew and the kitchen team,
The welcome gate folks and the delivery drivers who kept bringing in supplies,
The shuttle drivers and the parking squad,
The people who built the camp and those that helped clean up on Sunday,
All the people who donated equipment, materials and food,
Everyone who attended and took such care with fire and safety issues,
The fire department and paramedic crew who helped us be prepared for the possibility of problems that never came,
The dog owners who cleaned up after their pets and the dogs that didn’t even start a fight all weekend,
The neighbours who put up with us and the people who drove slowly on Whaletown Road through all the parked cars,
All the various volunteers who pitched in during the weekend and the organizers who spent months planning and getting ready,
The rain which waited until late Sunday afternoon and then washed away our worries of something random smoldering out of sight.
and thanks to anyone else I missed