2019 Tours of Old-Growth Areas In West Vancouver

The Old Growth Conservancy Society is again conducting tours of old-growth areas outside the Old Growth Conservancy. There are 3 tours, each focusing on the local logging history in a different area. Please register by email to ogcs.wv@gmail.com and we’ll reserve a place for you.

Sunday, June 16 – Lighthouse Park – Meet at the top of the parking lot at the main trailhead at 10:00 am

Sunday, June 23 – Brother Creek Trail – Meet at the Brothers Creek Fire Access Road trailhead off 1100 block Millstream at 10:00 am

Sunday, July 7 – Nelson Canyon Park to Whyte Lake – Meet at Nelson Canyon Parking lot at the trailhead at 10:00 am

We will attempt to organize carpooling to assist transportation but telephone numbers must be provided to participate. Tours can take 3 hours or longer and you should bring a snack and water to enjoy the experience.

Much of the tour is on-trail but some trails may be steep so basic fitness for hiking is required, especially for the Brothers Creek hike which is much longer. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, something to eat and optionally a hiking pole for stability. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour.

Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather. Only extreme rain events will result in cancellation but no tour will proceed if there are high winds,

2019 OGC Guided Tour Dates

The dates for the 2019 Guided Tours of the Old Growth Conservancy have been announced. There are 6 dates available. Email your preferred date to ogcs.wv@gmail.com and we’ll reserve a place for you. Typically the tours fill up quickly.

  • Saturday, August 17
  • Wednesday, August 21 FULL
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Thursday, September 12 FULL
  • Saturday, September 14

We meet at Hi-View Lookout on Cypress Bowl Road at 10:00 AM and car-pool to the Conservancy. Tours take approximately 3 hours and you should bring a lunch to enjoy in the Conservancy. 

The tour moves at a slow pace and much of the walking is off-trail including steep terrain, fallen trees and underbrush. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, something to eat, insect repellent and optionally a hiking pole for stability. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour. 

Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather.

OGCS AGM – Wednesday, February 20, 2019

OLD GROWTH CONSERVANCY SOCIETY
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019
West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre (Marine Room)
695 – 21st Street, WEST VANCOUVER
(NW corner of Marine Drive & 21st St)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
AGENDA:
Approval of Agenda
Adoption of Minutes of February 28, 2018 AGM
Directors’ and Treasurer’s Reports
Election of Directors
Presentation by Ira Sutherland,
“Tall tales from the Great Vancouver Forest”
Adjournment

We are honoured to have Ira Sutherland as this year’s guest speaker. Growing up among the tall trees in Kerrisdale, BC, Ira developed an appreciation and curiosity for forests early on. He has explored extensively in the forests and mountains around Vancouver and has travelled widely abroad, often by bicycle or on remote forest research expeditions. Ira holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC (2012) and an MSc in Renewable Resources from McGill University (2015). His Masters thesis investigated the long-term recovery of ecosystem services following logging in BC coastal forests. After two years working in forestry and consulting arboriculture, Ira is now pursuing his PhD in UBC Forestry as a Vanier Canada Scholar. In an effort to engage the public to learn about old-growth forests he employs use of film, photography, and story-telling. He is also the chair of the BC Big Tree Committee, a Forester-in-Training and author of the online Vancouver Big Tree Hiking Guide (vancouversbigtrees.com).

OGCS 2018 AGM Draft Minutes

OGCS 2018 Directors Report

Tours of Old-Growth Areas In West Vancouver

This year the Old Growth Conservancy Society formally changed its Constitution to expand its activities to include old-growth forest throughout West Vancouver. We therefore have started a new series of tours this year displaying other old-growth forest areas. There are 3 dates available this fall, each with a different tour. Email your preferred date to ogcs.wv@gmail.com and we’ll reserve a place for you. Typically the tours fill up quickly.

Sunday, Sept.23 – Lighthouse Park – Meet at the top of the parking lot at the main trailhead at 10:00 am

Sunday, Sept.30 – Nelson Canyon Park to Whyte Lake – Meet at Nelson Canyon Parking lot at the trailhead at 10:00 am

Sunday, Oct 7 – Brother Creek Trail – Meet at the Brothers Creek Fire Access Road trailhead off Millstream at 10:00 am

We will attempt to organize carpooling to assist transportation but telephone numbers must be provided to participate. Tours can take up to 3 hours and you should bring a snack and water to enjoy the experience.

Much of the tour is on-trail but some trails may be steep so basic fitness for hiking is required, especially for the Brothers Creek hike which is much longer. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, something to eat and optionally a hiking pole for stability. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour.

Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather..Only extreme rain events will result in cancellation but no tour will proceed if there are high winds,

2018 OGC Guided Tour Dates

The dates for the 2018 Guided Tours of the Old Growth Conservancy have been announced. There are 6 dates available. Email your preferred date to ogcs.wv@gmail.com and we’ll reserve a place for you. Typically the tours fill up quickly.
Saturday, Aug 18  FULL
Tuesday, Aug 21 FULL
Saturday, Aug 25  ALMOST FULL
Saturday, Sept 8 FULL
Thursday, Sept 13 FULL
Saturday, Sept 15 FULL
 
We meet at Hi-View Lookout on Cypress Bowl Road at 9:30 AM and car-pool to the Conservancy. Tours take approximately 3 hours and you should bring a snack to enjoy in the Conservancy.
 
Much of the tour is off-trail and can include steep terrain, fallen trees and underbrush. Sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt (for brush and bugs) are recommended. Please bring water, something to eat, insect repellent and optionally a hiking pole for stability. A release of liability will be provided and must be signed before the tour.
 
Unfortunately, children under the age of 10 and dogs cannot be accommodated. Tours may be rescheduled due to unfavourable weather.