Glade Watershed – Moving onward with hope

Glade Creek Waterfall Glade Watershed Protection Society Since moving to the community of Glade in 2017, and building our home as the homeowner contractor, I have been living in the embrace of the mountains, creeks and streams of the Glade Watershed behind us. I do not take this environment for granted and gratitude fills my heart for the privilege of living here.  Community means a lot to me,…

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Exporting Our Watersheds

    Eagle Creek, Regional District of Central Kootenay. Story by Chris Charlwood One of the main reasons we bought our house 17 years ago was for the clean creek water.  Located in Blewett on a north facing slope, the previous owner touted two great things about the house, great chlorine-free water and air conditioned in the Summer thanks to all the surrounding trees. Although the…

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Ka Papa Cedars – Stretch your legs on this old growth forest trail

A week ago I visited the Ka Papa TrailI. I wanted to continue my exploration of our local Kootenay Old Growth forests before the smoke from the forest fires in Washington, Oregon, and the nearby Slocan Valley truly set in. I asked my friend and co-worker Laura, who knows lots about local plants and animals, to join me on a trip to the Ka Papa Cedars. We met at the Cottonwood carpool lot, outside…

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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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Finding Inspiration in Apocalyptic Times

In April during a volunteer brainstorm, Rose shared the preview for the movie 2040. I had not heard of 2040 but I watched the trailer...and then I watched it again. Could it be true? A movie about climate change that was not apocalyptic but instead optimistic?  Watch the trailer here: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rTQ443akE I could feel the rising energy on the Zoom call. Everyone was…

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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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