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Friday, October 20 • 9:41am - 10:06am
Lessons from the Forest: How Trees Communicate and Help Each Other

Introduction by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute

Visionary ecologist Suzanne Simard has made extraordinary discoveries about the hidden life of forests: how trees, in symbiotic relationship with fungal mycelia, exchange information, nutrients and water in shared underground networks that make them far more resilient to threats and stressors such as climate disruption. As a professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, her cutting-edge, rigorous research offers us profound ecological parables about what forests can teach us about community, cooperation and mutual aid.


Workshop Speakers
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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20+ years Brock has worked as a watershed r... Read More →

Keynotes
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Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes, soils, carbon, nutrients and water that underlie the adaptability of ecosystems, especially the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate interplant communication. | | To read more about Suzanne Simard's work... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:41am - 10:06am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
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