Discussions on Peace region by Royal BC Museum start next week

Photo courtesy of Chris Gale, Wild North Photos

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A series of discussions by the Royal BC Museum is slated to take place on the Peace Region next week.

The Royal BC Museum calls the region biologically and culturally unique,’ and on Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5, Dr. Richard Hebda will be speaking at three celebrations of local biodiversity.

In coming years, significant ecological and social transformations throughout the Peace are inevitable as diverse communities and industry groups sit down to discuss the region’s future.

The Peace Region serves as a test example for an innovative approach to environmental stewardship.

The curator of Botany and Earth History, Dr. Hebda will discuss his research in the area, recent discoveries and future opportunities for collaboration and stewardship at each stop.

Dr. Hebda’s presentation will highlight attributes of the land itself, exploring how we interact with it and what makes it important to us.

Residents from all over are encouraged to join Dr. Hebda to chat in person or through a live streamed video on Facebook. Audience members who participate through streaming video are invited to ask questions through Facebook.

On Wednesday, a discussion will be held at Peace Gallery North. On Thursday morning, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., another will be held in Northern Lights College’s Atrium. Later that day, the discussions come to Tumbler Ridge, with one being held at the Tumbler Ridge Public Library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All the events are free and open to the public.

The Royal BC Museum Environmental Stewardship Project: Peace Region Expedition and Community Engagement (or P.E.A.C.E. for short.) is a two-year pilot project supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, with funding matched by the Royal BC Museum Foundation.

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