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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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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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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Speaking up for better forestry management

We’re making sure our voices are heard. The BC government sought input earlier this month on two pieces of legislation affecting our forests, and EcoSociety signed two submissions along with a group of like-minded stakeholders.  Improving the Forest and Range Practices Act The first submission was a review of the Forest and Range Practices Act that governs the management of BC’s public forests…

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Add your voice to private land forest management review

Share your input on an important piece of government land use policy. You have an opportunity to offer input to the BC government on managing our forests on private land. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is reviewing the Private Managed Forest Land Program (also known as the Managed Forest Program). To participate, fill out the online form. The…

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