April 30th marks one year! Let’s celebrate!

On April 30th Premier Horgan and his government will have had their report outlining how to protect old growth forests in their hands for one year. It might feel like there is nothing to celebrate. While Premier Horgan promised protection for old growth forests, the last remaining ancient trees are still being cut down.  As concerned citizens of BC, we can hold the BC Government accountable to…

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EcoSociety supports watershed plans for clean drinking water

Children standing by the source of their grandparent’s drinking water. Glade, BC.   The Kootenays are home to one of the highest populations in BC that depends on creeks, streams and surface water springs for their drinking water. These communities have all of the responsibility to keep their drinking water clean but little means to do so.  People need safe, clean drinking water, and we have…

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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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