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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New report calls for immediate action on old growth forests

My name is Rachel Holt, and I’m an ecologist living in Nelson.  For the last 20 years, I have worked primarily in British Columbia, bringing science and technical analysis to land use issues, including work on the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, multiple land use planning processes, and work on habitat protection for species such as boreal caribou.  One theme that has run through almost all of…

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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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