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National

Click to hear David talk to Carol Off in this AIH "tour de for'st" at 33:40Click to hear David talk to Carol Off in this AIH "tour de for'st" at 33:40 CBC As It Happens, May 29, 2019

Regional

Click here for Radio Interview on Up North and CBC News storyClick here for Radio Interview on Up North and CBC News storyCBC News, May 27, 2019

 Local

The Laurier Woods Edition wins a provincial conservation innovation award!! The Laurier Woods Edition wins a provincial conservation innovation award!!     Forest Talk Radio at Laurier Woods Wins Provincial Award North Bay Nugget 

October 31, 2019

Through the lens of forest ecology, the 'information grid' finds its analogue in the natural world of trees. Mycorrhizal Fungi, strewn throughout the forest underground form a chemical and electrical network connecting the root tips of many species of trees. 

Now, imagine that this network is a radio station, and the fungus is the radio host taking "calls" from the trees in the forest. THIS is Forest Talk Radio.  

Ok, now imagine that as you walk through the Laurier Woods in North Bay ON, the GPS on your smartphone triggers one of these storytelling trees to speak in your ear when you are standing in front of it--THIS is the Forest Talk Radio App - Find it on Google Play!!

 

Storytelling Trees

Forests occupy a prominent place in the many traditions of oral storytelling found around the globe. A good story can accomplish many fantastic things.  Yes, stories entertain, and teach, but stories can take really complicated stuff and make it all accessible to everyone.

With site-specific data collected from the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA), and inspiration from Fred Pinto, an internationally recognized forester and president of Friends of the Laurier Woods, David Merleau conjures a most intimate radio experience, one that will leave you thinking that humans have more in common with trees than you ever thought possible.   

 

David Merleau is a media artist, performance storyteller and independent audio doc producer.

He is Manager of the Storytellers of Canada Radio and Podcast Program, a ShortDoc producer with the Third Coast Audio Festival, and has had audio docs featured on CBC's Morning North with Marcus Schwabe.

David pursues a creative existence in North Bay Ontario.  

So many to thank...So many to thank...

Forest Talk Radio - Brought to you by support from both public and private funding.Forest Talk Radio - Brought to you by support from both public and private funding.

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