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General News · 16th August 2012
Everything You Need to Know About
August 24-26

ForestFest is a celebration of forests, music, and community action. This family-friendly event will feature educational workshops, fantastic live music, and amazing food! The workshops and speakers will have a focus on sustainability, conservation and activism, followed by music featuring a lot of local talent.
We are asking that you respect that this is a family event and is alcohol & drug free.

The intention of ForestFest is to:
• create a forum for dialogue and discussion about forestry, ecology, community process, and peaceful direct action
• build and establish a functioning forest camp in anticipation of industrial logging by Island Timberlands on their Cortes Island forest holdings in the fall
• successfully raise funds for ongoing efforts in defense of these forests
• launch a media campaign to bring global attention to these provincially significant ecosystems which harbour species and ecological communities at risk.

ForestFest is a FUNDRAISING event.
Suggested donation of $10-$25/day OR $20-$50/weekend can be paid at the welcome gate.


FRIDAY, August 24th
5:00pm Welcome Ceremony!
6:00-7:30pm Dinner Concert and Dancing on the mountain

Performances by:
Arne Olafson
Marguerite Thompson
Marguerite, Rose & Amy Bockner Francesca Belcourt
Cory Douglas Mclean & Dirty Animal Emily Spiller
Mike O'Donnell (DJ)

8:00 – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm Workshops, Speakers, Discussion Groups, Guided Forest Walks
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch (and concerts)!
1:30 – 3:30pm Workshops, Speakers, Discussion Groups, Guided Forest Walks
4:00 – 6:00pm Music Performances!
6:00 – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 – 12:00am Music Performances!

Performances by:
Denise Wolda
Erin Innis
Kyra Shaughnessy
Cosmo Sheldrake
Six Foot Johnson
Back Eddy & the Procrastinators

8:00-10:30am Breakfast
9:30am Community-wide SING ALONG with Shivon Robinsong
10:30am Media Action
11:00am Children’s Performances
12:00pm Closing Ceremony and Clean-Up


A SHUTTLE VAN (for off-islanders) from the ferry and the Gorge Hall parking lot will transport people to the intersection of the main road & the gravel pit road ($ for gas will be gratefully accepted).

PARKING for cars will be directed by volunteers to the shoulder of the main road on either side of the intersection into the gravel pit (Jimmy Smith Way). PLEASE BE SAFE, COURTEOUS, AND KEEP THE MAIN ROAD CLEAR.

NO CARS will be permitted past the intersection except emergency & supply vehicles.

There will be a SHUTTLE for those with young children or physical concerns about the ~2 km, 30 minute walk which will transport people up the hill at specific times throughout the day. Please contact the shuttle coordinator to arrange a pick-up at

Islanders, please CARPOOL! And please note that Ferries may be busier on August 24-27.

CAMPING is available for off-islanders and locals in the forest camp on Kelly Mountain.


FOOD during ForestFest will be sold in the kitchen tent and has been lovingly coordinated by Lovena and Yoshi! Meals options will be available for $5 or $10 per plate. Islanders & campers are welcome to bring their own food. Please bring your own dishes to reduce waste, AND bring a headlamp and a water bottle. We will have plenty of potable water on site but it would be super helpful if people came prepared!

A designated, fire-safe COOKING AREA will be available for campers to use their own stoves. Outhouses, water, garbage & recycling systems have been established.

SHADE STRUCTURES have been set-up all throughout the site but if you have your own structure, or a good umbrella, please bring them up the mountain as it can be extremely hot when the sun is shining!

SMOKERS will be required to use the designated smoking pits and we will also have provisions for butting-out safely (though if you can bring your own, even better!).

The FIRE, AMBULANCE, & RCMP have been contacted about the event. A first aid shelter with 1st aid kit will be available, and volunteer attendants from our amazing Cortes first aid crew will be on site.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for food serving, directing parking & the welcome gate. Contact the volunteer coordinator at


" Who speaks for the trees, speaks for all of nature." Diane Beresford-Kroeger