Story Protector of the Forest – Ross and Karen Hunt
The Black Bears represent the indigenous people trying to protect the tree and all the natural resources that depend on it.
The Eagle shows the connection between the water and the roots of the tree and how important the watersheds are to all living things.
The Salmon shows the connection between the water and the roots of the tree and how important the watersheds are to all living things.
The connection from the eagle to the salmon creates the Circle of Life and the power of the sun.
The Tree of Life shows five branches on each side. This represents the Five Elements of Earth: Wind, Fire, Minerals, Water and Air.
Between the roots and the salmon is the medicine wheel with the four directions. This represents the various homelands of the students who come to this place for the teachings in forestry and conservation to become like the Bear, “Protectors of the Forest”