Forests & Climate Takeaways from UBCM 2020

The scoop from a virtual UBCM In mid-September I, along with my local government colleagues from around the province, concluded the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference. Things looked different, as most things do these days. We were not hundreds of mayors and councillors in a room shoulder to shoulder but rather were tuning in virtually from home.  The City of Nelson hosted a…

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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!

** Contest closed! Thank you to all that participated and HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors! Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Kokanee Mountain Zipline, and Kootenay Co-op! Random Draw winners have been contacted. ** ** UPDATE ** Due do smoky conditions keeping many of you indoors and unable to participate, we have decided to extend the photo contest! Get your photos shared by midnight, October…

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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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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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