That’s why we are building the EcoStay Motherland Forest. This masterpiece reforestation project will provide a highly visible, unique parkland of carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, education and cultural heritage.
A Project Like No Other
Exclusively supported by hospitality, this parkland is one of the most important collaborative reforestation projects in the country, and one of the first to be awarded the world-renowned Gold Standard certification for environmental projects and transparency.
This masterpiece plantation will be orchestrated to visibly represent the turtle, one of the major aboriginal symbols of the earth and regeneration, and modelled after a commissioned illustration by Bill Helin, celebrated aboriginal artist. Located in Western Canada, this project promises to unite millions of travellers from around the globe.
Bill Helin is a Canadian Children’s Book illustrator and writer, wood carver and designer in the style of the Tsimshian/Tlingit First Nation of northwest coast of British Columbia. Bill’s ancestry is from the Gits'iis tribe in the village of Lax Kw'alaams, B.C. His father was Chief Arthur Hyemass Helin-(pronounced Hel-een) and his Mother Carole is Norwegian.
Some of his accomplishments include designing 3 patches worn by astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia in 1996, and Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk, on his mission to the Int. Space Station in 2011. Bill was one of the lead carvers of the world's tallest (182’ tall) totem pole known as the Spirit of Lekwammen for the 94 Commonwealth Games. He created a 40’ red cedar Ravensong Canoe for the 2010 Olympics, and carved a talking stick for Bill Clinton.
In the past three years Mr. Helin has illustrated 68 children's education books and recently finished writing and illustrating his 8 book series on the Tlingit First Nation of Alaska. Currently he resides in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island B.C.
Visible in the land art from above and accessible for all to enjoy, the EcoStay Motherland Forest will be complete with a motorist rest stop, walking path and educational signage about the project and its role in easing greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and the interaction of First Nations people with nature. Volunteer opportunities for groups, schools and staff.
Guests Will Love Our Virtual Forest
Guests can take part in virtual tree planting while being recognized personally as they name their tree and join millions of others in making an impact. Our virtual forest with live webcam promises to engage today’s generation as they become informed and proud of their meaningful travel choices. Guests can post to Facebook and Twitter, sharing their tree planting with friends.
Our Commitment to Transparency
As one of the first in Canada to be awarded the world-renowned Gold Standard certification for environmental projects and transparency, the Motherland Project meets this global benchmark for the highest integrity, greatest impact and complete transparency in environmental projects.
Markit Environmental provides third-party online public access to full project documentation, third-party verification reports and clear tracking of ownership. Your hotel’s name is listed beside every credit you purchase.
Because forests trap carbon dioxide in their bark, wood and roots, they are recognized as a leading solution in the fight against rising CO2 levels worldwide. The Motherland Project will restore degraded land by planting with native species, and will protect and maintain the land for generations to come.