Two paths to protecting our forests

We recently took a group of 25 people on a guided walk of a new trail in an old forest. A few days later, a different group of people gathered in a community hall to talk about the problems and think about solutions for the growing conflicts of logging forests in our watersheds, near our communities and in sensitive wildlife habitat. These two very different groups share the same concerns. I…

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A walk in the woods

On October 24, we had a fun hike in the woods to learn about the inland temperate rainforest and the plants and animals living here. 25 happy EcoSociety hikers joined Joanne Siderius, the Sr. Ecologist at the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre, on 100 Acre Wood Trail off the Murphy Creek Forest Service Road near Rossland. There was a bit of snow, but we stayed warm walking through the ancient and…

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Be a Voter this October

It's election time and the big election day is October 21! It's that time when you vote for the candidate in your riding to become your Member of Parliament. You can check out the Elections Canada website to learn all about who is running in your riding, and then explore more about what they stand for and their track record on the issues you care most about. But you'll have to Google that part…

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Experiencing an old growth forest

Living in the middle of the inland temperate rainforest, it’s easy to take giant, ancient trees for granted. We’re around them all the time. It’s easy to forget that they are unique, and for many people, offer a unique experience. A couple of summers ago at Gibson Lake in Kokanee Glacier Park, a vehicle from Saskatchewan pulled up, and we started chatting with the two couples who got out about…

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Jumbo Valley one step closer to being protected

Photo: Steve Shannon The Ktunaxa Nation will receive $16.1 million in federal government support to protect the Qat’muk area, also known as the Jumbo Valley. It covers 211,045 hectares in the southeastern area of BC in the central Purcell Mountains. Developers have been trying to build the Jumbo Glacier Resort there for over 25 years. “This is an important investment in expanding protected…

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Nature Photographer Colin Payne Supports Old Growth Forest Campaign!

Photographs have the power to evoke emotion and change in their audience. They have the incredible ability to capture a single moment in time and make it last forever. Soon photographs of natural wonders such as old growth forests and powder-drenched mountains are all we will have left unless we, together make a commitment to look after our planet. Living in the West Kootenays, we are lucky…

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