Jumbo will stay wild!

Commander Glacier seen from near the landing where the Farnham Glacier blockade was in 2008. Photo courtesy of Pat Morrow. Breathe a collective sigh of relief! This was a long time coming. The Ktunaxa Nation Council had a special celebratory day on Saturday when they announced that Qat’muk, the Jumbo Valley, will stay pristine for generations to come! This is big news--so many people worked…

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Tell government to protect old growth forests

Photo: Colin Payne Photography You have a chance to help protect old growth forests in the Kootenays. The BC government is seeking public input on its old growth strategy. Our old growth forests support biodiversity, are vital as carbon sinks to mitigate the climate crisis, and allow plants and animals such as wolverines and caribou to thrive as no other forests can. Our old growth and our…

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Looking back on 2019

I think 2019 was our busiest year ever at the EcoSociety. Here's a look back at what we accomplished together with our staff, volunteers, members, donors and supporters. Six local governments signed-on to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 for all energy-use sectors community-wide. Volunteers worked hard so that over 10,500 people and 108 businesses support the clean energy transition.…

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Volunteers made us Trail’s Business of the Year

Okay, we didn’t see that coming! We blogged about being honoured to be nominated for Business of the Year at the Trail Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We honestly didn’t expect to win, so we were excited, grateful and a bit shocked when we found out we did. Setting up an office for an environmental organization in a new town could have been daunting. Some people were very open…

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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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