Learning From Our Past: March 3-6, 2011. Tofino & Ahousaht, BC

Photos, speaker presentations and summary documents now posted from this watershed symposium. On this page:


Symposium Background

The 1995 Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel Recommendations were a ground-breaking way of looking at our forest resources and represented a new paradigm in forest management. These recommendations prioritized local First Nations perspectives and introduced concepts such as ecosystem-management, variable-retention silviculture systems, watershed level planning, and adaptive management.

Fifteen years into the implementation of these recommendations, we are running into bottlenecks in implementing a monitoring and adaptive management program, and realizing that there are new management concerns that were not addressed in the original recommendations. The symposium’s primary objective was to reflect on the last 15 years of resource management in Clayoquot Sound and help inform the future.

The event was a timely opportunity to learn about the first 15 years of ecosystem management implementation in Clayoquot Sound, and a chance for Clayoquot to learn from newer forms of ecosystem based management in other areas of the Province and around the world.

Photos and Video

In addition to the photos above, we have a Flickr photo set you can browse.

Below is a 9 minute summary giving a taste of the conference.


We’ve gathered responses, including media coverage and participant feedback.

It does feel like Clayoquot has turned an important page; and a new chapter begins.


  1. Summary by Dionne Bunsha: Clayoquot Sound…15 years later
  2. Symposium Agenda

Speaker Presentations

Presentation Name (PDF) File Size
Brian Retzer – Sustainable Ecosystem Management in Clayoquot Sound.pdf 3,937 KB
Dallas Smith – Nanwakolas G2G.pdf 77 KB
Dionne Bunsha – Clayoquot Scientific Panel… 15 years later 1,067 KB
Dr. Ken Lertzman – Reflections from Scientific Panel Members 676 KB
Dr. Laura Loucks – Essential Components of CSSP monitoring program 54 KB
Gerry Fraser and Eduardo Sousa – Joint Solutions Project 2,193 KB
Rebecca Hurwitz – Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Monitoring 120 KB
Saya Masso – Tla-o-qui-aht Status of Forests Report 244 KB
Terry Dorward – Haa’uukmin Tribal Park Watershed Management Plan 490 KB
Valerie Langer and Jens Wieting – Environmental Perspective 1,423 KB


Many thanks to all 120 participants who attended this keystone event, and to the Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht communities for being amazing hosts.

We are very grateful to our generous hosts and sponsors, without whom the event could not have taken place.

For more information

If you have any questions about the Symposium and its outcomes, or would like to be part of the mail-out list, contact Satnam Manhas.