by Grant Elliott
The 2020 Speakers Series, a joint collaboration between Lone Pine Land Trust and Northumberland Land Trust, was held at Venture 13 in Cobourg with three speakers lined up for January, February and March.
Our January speaker was Gary Pritchard, Manager of Environment and Consultations at Cambium Indigenous Professional Services, who launched a successful start to our series. Gary focused on Aboriginal perspectives relating to conservation practices and reliance on the land and provided an excellent history of land claims within Ontario. He engaged the audience by highlighting current conservation management practices – there were so many questions we could have continued long into the evening. The event ended with Gary hosting a smudging ceremony for all who wished to participate.
Our February speaker was Verena Sesin, a PhD candidate from Trent University. Verena based her presentation on her work related to her PhD thesis, “A Balanced Approach to Chemical Control of Invasive Plants”. Verena spoke of the importance of this topic and its relevance to controlling invasive species while trying to protect native species. She outlined the balance that must exist when chemicals are used and explained that the concentration should not harm surrounding native species. Verena’s presentation was well received and prompted many questions from our audience related to protecting native and at-risk wetland plants.
Unfortunately, our March speaker event was cancelled due to Covid-19. This was to be a presentation from Tamara Segal of Hawthorn Herbals of Picton. She has agreed to be one of our speakers for 2021 and we look forward to hearing about the work that she does with plant medicine.
We look forward to our continuing joint initiative with the Northumberland Land Trust next year.
by Grant Elliott