Emerging Green Builders Event: Conservation Community Elkington Forest

February 7, 2013

The Emerging Green Builders February speaker will be Doug Makaroff, President of Living Forest Communities, who will be speaking about his exciting sustainable development project Elkington Forest.

Doug Makaroff is the President of the Living Forest social enterprise, which is creating a new conservation community called Elkington Forest, 35 minutes north of Victoria, BC. After more than a year of pursuing financing for the construction of the light-on-the-land infrastructure, Doug was finally able to secure private financing just before Christmas. Within a few short weeks, construction will re-commence and Elkington Forest will become a reality. Doug will speak about the conservation community model, and how to overcome some of the regulatory and financial obstacles to doing things right. He will also talk about some of the more interesting opportunities that exist now, for building the greenest houses that you can imagine.

In Doug’s own words:

Elkington Forest is a 1000 acre forest, where a full 850 acres is conserved as Forest Stewardship Council certified eco-forestry or outright conservation with limited or restricted access. On the remaining 150 acres, half of the land is in food production, and half is developed into three attractive residential Hamlets with a total of 77 homes and 15 eco-businesses. The houses are clustered in more of a European style, overlooking the central community garden and community centre, and backing onto hundreds of acres of private wild forest.

The trails through the forest, around the ponds, and alongside the agricultural lands are just waiting to be explored. Bring your horse, bike or hiking boots. Miles of trails are right at your back door. And you’ve got to see these views!

The Living Forest social enterprise is a partnership between the founding charity, the Trust for Sustainable Forestry, and the for-profit corporation, Living Forest Communities. This partnership informs all that we do; from the first vision statement, through the ecologically sensitive design process, to the use of the last dollar earned.

This is the best way to build sustainable rural residential communities, and the best way to harvest timber sustainably.


  • When: Thursday, February 7th, 7-9pm
  • Where: Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road
  • Who: All of you!

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