This website has been built by a partnership of groups to help share information about old forests across political boundaries and ownership types. Through this website and our work, we aim to generate grassroots knowledge about old forests. We hope we can do this across Wapane'kati - the Acadian Forest Region in focus areas where there are groups of people interested in collecting information. For them, we hope this website will provide tools that will allow good data to be well-collected and well- interpreted. All in all, we hope that better knowledge collection and sharing will mean better management and conservation of old forests.
We propose to better acknowledge First Nations by calling the forest Wapane'kati which means "Land of the Dawn" or "Land of First Light". Mi'kmaq people understood Wapane'kati as the place where people first welcome the sun on behalf of rest of the peoples of Turtle Island (North America). The region defined in 1972 by J. S. Rowe as the Acadian Forest Region overlaps with traditional and unceded territory of Wabanki peoples.
We will blend science, policy, and stewardship and focus on five key activities: measuring old forests on the ground; mapping old forests across the landscape; researching legislation and policies about old forests; educating the public about the importance of old forests and how they can be conserved and restored; and creating a network of interested partners across the region catalayzed at an Old Forest Conservation Science Conference in Debert, Nova Scotia in October 2016.