Gary Schneider, Director of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, is one of four nation-wide finalists for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature Inspiration Award.
The Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in inspiring Canadians to connect and protect their natural environment.
Schneider has a long history of environmental activism and education on PEI and the rest of Canada. He co-founded the Environmental Coalition of PEI and created the successful Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project.
“It is a great honour to be nominated for this,” says Schneider. “It really is a reflection of decades of work by so many people. It continues to be a great pleasure to be able to do this kind of work. I’ve been very lucky.”
Macphail Woods has grown from Gary’s vision, infectious enthusiasm and countless hours of dedication and hard work. Under his leadership, Macphail Woods has helped to restore Island ecosystems, educate young and old alike, propagate rare native flora, and inspire many others to fall in love with Island forests.
“Gary would point out that he didn’t do it alone,” shares Daniel McRae, Forest and Environmental Educator with Macphail Woods. “The credit is shared by so many—the staff of Macphail Woods, past and present, the support received from the Environmental Coalition of PEI and the partnership that has been cultivated with the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead.“
Over the last 29 years, Gary has led countless Islanders through the forest looking for owls and salamanders, planned and led school ground naturalization initiatives across the province, developed a forest ecology field course for UPEI and Acadia University, and sustainably stewarded over 900 hectares of public forest land.