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Wildsight Golden hosting walks to teach communities about old-growth forests

Golden’s walk will take place on Sat. June 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Old-growth forests are disappearing at an accelerating rate across the world. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

On June 10, Wildsight Golden will be leading a walk through an old-growth forest near the town.

As old-growth forests disappear at an accelerating rate, the nonprofit organization is engaging members of the community to teach them about British Columbia’s ancient forests.

The walk, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. will be led by Jenna Schulhof, the Columbia Valley conservation coordinator.

Walks will take place in other towns around the North Okanagan including Invermere and Revelstoke. Golden’s walk will be 2 km long and go through a fir forest with some elevation gain.

Registrants for the event will meet at a location that is yet to be determined before carpooling to the site of the walk.

The expedition will take guests “on a journey through these majestic places, all while discussing related history, threats, opportunities, and the current state of old growth in B.C.”

The event’s goal is to explore how policy reform can improve forestry practices and to equip the community with the knowledge to advocate for such policy reform to their elected officials.

“We are only just starting to understand the complexity of these forests,” Eddie Petryshen, Wildsight’s conservation specialist, said. “What we do know for certain is that wildlife, clean water, and our climate all need healthy and biodiverse forests to flourish.

Registration for the walk is available online and can be completed at the Wildsight website.

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