Garry Merkel, Chair of the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel

We're managing a thousands year old ecosystem on a four-year election cycle.
That just doesn't make any sense.

Garry is a member of the Tahltan Nation and a professional forester whose work has advanced land stewardship, community empowerment and culturally relevant Indigenous education, governance and economic independence. For more than 40 years he has been involved in many Indigenous initiatives creating businesses, schools, land management arrangements, and working relationships with government. A University of Alberta graduate, he chaired the Aboriginal Forestry Education and Training Review, leading to a collaborative national post-secondary approach to improving Indigenous resource management education in Canada. Garry recently received an honorary doctorate from UBC Forestry in recognition of the remarkable contributions he has made to advance the culturally relevant education and economic self-determination of Indigenous peoples. Together with Al Gorley, Garry co-authored A New Future for Old Forests, a report for the Province of British Columbia that includes recommendations on the management of old-growth forests in the province that the Provincial Government has committed to implement in full.

View the report here.

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We don't own the land, the land owns us

Garry Merkel, Chair of the Old Growth Strategic Review Panel

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