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General News · 18th May 2020
Sabina Leader Mense
Forest Alphabet: Artistic Visions of a Forest in Trust to the Children features the original artwork and voices of 33 bright-eyed and beautiful children from Cortes Island, speaking out for the protection, in perpetuity, of the Children’s Forest – a place they call home in the rainforests of British Columbia.

The Children’s Forest is the affectionate name given by Cortes youth to the ~600 acres of private managed forest lands on northern Cortes Island, presently identified by the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society (FTCCIS) for purchase and protection in perpetuity.

Forest Alphabet was written 2010 & printed 2014, with funds raised through the sale of artworks donated by artists participating in the Artist’s Journey, a FTCCIS initiative.
This wee book is a natural history companion to a walk through the Children’s Forest. Short, informative, place-based vignettes provide a lens for viewing the ecological wonders in our backyard, in a creatively exciting and interactive way
You meet the 33 bright-eyed children who wrote and illustrated Forest Alphabet, through their personally written bios that express their love of place.

*A is for alligator lizards…
Meet Sancho – who, “….loves the peace and quiet that the forest gives, …”.

*B is for biodiversity…
Meet Kiera – who, “…feels that the forest is a great learning place for people of all ages…”.

*C is for Carrington’s crystal clear creeks…
Meet Nola – who, “…likes the forest ’cause (she) can always go there when (she’s) sad and talk to the trees.”

Continue down the alphabet to *P is for photosynthesis… and meet Liam, who wrote “…it’s definitely important we save this forest.” Fast forward ten years to 2020, to find Liam at home on Cortes Island for the summer, having just completed his sixth year of science studies at the University of Victoria. Liam still thinks “… it’s definitely important we save this forest” and he now has oodles of ecological knowledge to qualify… WHY!

So…. Liam’s going LIVE with Forest Alphabet!

Liam will be hosting short (1-3’) interactive videos where you can accompany him into the forest to discover, for example, *D is for detritus…
Get your hands IN it with Liam and learn what detritus is and how it becomes the important storehouse of nutrients that actually “grows” those giant Sitka spruce trees in Grandmother’s Grove!!

Stay tuned to Tideline for Liam’s summer 2020 launch of Forest Alphabet – coming soon to a forested community near you!
You can follow along with Liam and/or venture out on your own with a copy of Forest Alphabet in hand. Forest Alphabet will be available for sale at the Gorge Harbour Marina Store and the Natural Foods Coop; every penny goes to land purchase!

You can learn more about FTCCIS at:
Join us in – Imagining…. a forest in trust to the children!