Job postings! Are you our next Community Organizer?

We are hiring for a full time and a part time Community Organizer! Working with our staff and volunteers, the Community Organizers will organize community engagement throughout the West Kootenay region using digital systems. The Community Organizers will build grassroots volunteer community teams to tackle the big climate, conservation and food issues in the West Kootenays. EcoSociety pays all…

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B.C. has to implement old growth forest recommendations

The B.C. government released its much anticipated old growth forests report and recommendations from its independent panel on Friday afternoon. Governments make announcements on Friday afternoons when they don’t want any attention drawn to the story. There isn’t much real big old growth forest left in BC. People need clean air and clean water to be healthy and safe. Big old forests are hugely…

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An Old Growth Forest Overlooking Nelson

On Labour Day this past weekend myself and my friend decided to find the massive cedar trees and all the animals they are home to up in Giveout Creek, just outside of Nelson, BC. We, including my friend's toddler, packed into her car, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer to follow COVID safety recommendations. We looked at a screenshot of a mountain biking trail map for directions to Bear’s…

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Have you been to Ymir’s Old Growth Forest?

It’s 36 degrees outside and clear skies. My mom is visiting from Vancouver Island. She’s only here for a couple of days and I want to show her the beautiful Kootenay outdoors. But it’s 36 degrees.  I look at the EcoSociety’s Old Growth Trail map. I know forests stay cool on hot days, and old growth forests are especially known for being perfect to explore when the sun is beating down. We decide…

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Your best forest photo = chance to win a prize!

Take a hike, take a photo, and YOU COULD WIN amazing prizes! Forest week is coming up (Sept 20-26) and we need to keep the spotlight on forest issues like the disappearing old growth forests in the West Kootenays and what that means for us. We rely on healthy forests for clean water and air, and for access to natural spaces to help keep our minds healthy too. Unique local animals also rely on…

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Yay! Feds agree to Assess Teck Coal Mine – healthy and safe people need to come first

Photo & caption from Wildsight The decision was made on August 19th for Teck’s Castle Mine project to require federal review. Thank you, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, for your decision, and everyone who asked for a federal assessment of this project!  This important decision means the Castle Mine project, located in the Elk Valley area near Fernie in…

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