THE FIR, THE FUNGUS & THE FOREST – THE STORY OF THE BIG TREE
Curated by: Christian Gronau, Nancy Kendel, Ray Kendel and Bonnie MacDonald.
This exhibit was created to honour a sentinel of the past:
• A cross section of the iconic Bartholomew Road old growth fir tree, which came down in summer 2015, is now permanently mounted in the Cortes Island Museum’s Heritage Garden.
• The story of the tree and the people who preserved it is presented in a new feature exhibit in our gallery. The display explores the importance of old growth forests to First Nations, the environment and early logging on Cortes. Mushroom lovers will be particularly interested in our exploration of the interaction between the Agarikon and old-growth Douglas fir. As part of the presentation, Cortes artist/photographer David Ellingsen, is sharing photographs from his recent exhibition The Last Stand.
The outside “cookie” is now part of our permanent exhibits.