MEET THE CATCHACOMA FOREST STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
Katie is the Wilderness Committee’s first-ever Ontario Campaigner. She works to build relationships and advocate towards strong campaigns to advance the Wilderness Committee’s goals of people-powered wilderness preservation for the benefit of all in Ontario.
Her work allows her to share her values and passion for facilitating nature engagement and protection through grassroots social movements. Katie’s extensive knowledge and passion for nature come from 15 years in outdoor environmental education, including community-based restoration in Ontario’s endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystems.
She has worked as a campaigner at Environmental Defence and Toronto350.org and as a canvasser at Earthroots.
Katie works from the traditional territory of Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnaabeg, Chippewa, Haudeno- saunee and Wendat.
Katie wants to see a longer moratorium on logging instituted in the Catchacoma Forest so that more re- search can be conducted ultimately resulting in protective status
Dr. Peter Quinby
Dr. Peter Quinby is the founding executive director of Ancient Forest Exploration & Research (created in 1992).
Since 2004, he has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist of AFER. He has studied landscape ecology and conservation since 1980.
As a graduate student at Yale University, he was involved in watershed-ecosystem studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.
For his Ph.D. project at the University of Toronto, he studied the influence of habitat conditions on forest vegetation composition in the upland landscapes of Algonquin Park, Ontario. For three years starting in 1988, he was Director of Conservation Science and Research Ecologist with the Temagami Wilderness Society.
Between 1987 and 1991, Dr. Quinby was Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management at Wilfrid Laurier University. From 1994 to 2000, he was Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Quinby was Dean of Natural Resources, Sciences and Liberal Arts at Paul Smith’s College, and from 2003 to 2007, he was Director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2007, he became a senior scientist with Knight Piesold Consulting in North Bay, Ontario until he returned to work- ing as a consulting ecologist in 2014. Dr. Quinby is certified as a Senior Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America and has produced numerous scientific articles and technical reports addressing the topics of forest landscape ecology and conservation, species at risk, wildlife habitat assessment and suitability, and natural areas management.
Quinby hopes to once again have his research bring protective status to deserving forests in Ontario
Cam is the founder and program director of the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program and is thrilled to teach the World Issues, Environment & Resource Management and Sustainability Leadership courses within YLS.
Cam is active with local community-based sustainability issues. As a member of the Peterborough Greenspace Coalition, he has co-led ongoing advocacy efforts to promote more sustainable alternatives to the construction of the Peterborough Parkway.
Cam is an active member of the Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, regularly presents to City council on local issues, and has well established relationships with local sustainability-themed organizations in the government, non-government and private sectors. Cam maintains strong working relationships with many of Peterborough’s City councillors and our MP.
Cam’s formal training includes a B.A.Sc. (System Design Engineering — Environmental Modelling) U. Waterloo; M.A. (Environmental Planning) U. Waterloo and B.Ed. (Simon Fraser U.).
Marie is a citizen Scientist, community knowledge keeper, farmer, owner/operator of Rockcroft Farms, and a producer of vegetation for shoreline naturalization & land restoration.
She also works as the curator of the Rockcroft Schoolhouse Museum. A museum dedicated to the preservation of the Cultural Heritage Landscape of the area based on local historic & existing natural features.
Linda Briden & Peter Currier
Peter Currier got his masters of social work in the 70s and spent his career in children's services.
He has been privileged to spend much of his life in wilderness venues, and has familiarized himself lifelong with the ways of the wild.
He and his wife, Linda Briden have a lakeside place 3 km south of the Catchacoma Forest logging site.
Linda Briden coming soon...