Stand up for breathing clean air and drinking clean water – defend the last old growth

Less than 3% of our forests left in BC have big, old trees in them. These forests are being logged as you read this - thousand year old giants are being cut down to be used as fence posts. Old growth forests have been in the news a lot over the last year. Much has happened, and so much is at risk. We have a great opportunity for change right now. The Province has committed to creating a new…

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Enjoy the 100 Acre Wood Trail All Year Round!

I had an hour long drive ahead of me to the 100 Acre Wood old growth forest trail and it was the perfect opportunity to listen to the reading of a recent New York Times story The Social Life of Forests by Ferris Jabr. This fascinating story speaks to the connectivity of all plant life in a forest via underground fungal root networks, or mycelium. I touched on this briefly in another trail story…

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Davis Creek – A true grind leading to a truly spectacular old growth forest

It’s getting later in the hiking season but we were able to sneak in one more old growth forest hike on a brisk, damp and grey fall day. My hiking partner and co-worker, Laura, met me in Kaslo and we carpooled in Kootenay Carshare’s (electric!) Hyundai Kona to Davis Creek. This EV is a two-wheel drive but with higher clearance and the carshare program allows for light off-road use. It was a fun…

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Kokanee Old Growth Forest Trail – An Unprotected Gem

The rain was steady but light as my coworker, Laura, and I drove the 11 kilometre gravel road to the Kokanee Old Growth Forest Trail. The road is well marked from Highway 3A and the left turn (if coming from Nelson) is shortly after the Kokanee Creek bridge. A high clearance vehicle is recommended but the road is maintained and a 2WD would make it to the trailhead. A sign and large boulder mark…

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Message to New NDP Government

The NDP will form a majority government, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities. Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis People need clean air to…

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Here’s what we could find in the 2020 BC party platforms regarding stopping the logging of old-growth forests.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-partisan organization. We are sharing information on issues related to the health, safety and well-being of our communities, climate, ecosystems, food systems & energy. Here’s what we could find in the 2020 election platforms for the BC Greens, BC NDP, and BC Liberals to try to understand what action they will take on stopping the logging of old-growth…

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