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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EcoSociety’s non-profit of the year award belongs to our team of volunteers

Photo: Our Organizing Director Natasha accepting the award, image provided by Trail Chamber of Commerce The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce has just released its 2020 Business Excellence Awards and here at the West Kootenay EcoSociety, we are honoured to be Non-Profit of the Year. This award belongs to the amazing team of EcoSociety volunteers, who have been working hard all year and…

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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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Have your say & keep the momentum going

Thanks to you, our donors, supporters and volunteers, we have reached an important milestone. We are proud to share the draft West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan, a collaboration with the nine local governments that have committed to 100% renewable energy by 2050: Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Slocan, Silverton, Rossland, Warfield & the RDCK. You made this possible. You signed…

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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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The BC election is Saturday. Are you ready to be a voter?

Why will you be a voter? We don’t have a bunch of celebrities urging you to vote like that other big election happening soon. What we have is people like you who are concerned about the future and the health of your communities, your jobs and your families and friends. For your health and well-being, and the health and well-being of your loved ones, you need clean air to breathe, clean water to…

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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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Digital Organizer: Youth Internship

Location: West Kootenays/remote working from home office Reports to: Executive Director Type of Position: full time, 40 hours Compensation: $38,500-$45,000 annually depending on experience. Benefits include flexible work hours, 4 weeks pro-rated vacation/year at your discretion, sick days, among other benefits. Terms: starts no later than November 1, 2020, ends March 31, 2021, extension possible…

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Do you see yourself in these stories? Check out our new online magazine.

Living Here is a new online publication that highlights the positive solutions coming out of our rural communities around healthy living, clean energy, land stewardship, and strong rural economies. Living Here is a not-for-profit, non-partisan online magazine with no advertising that captures stories about the people and land that make small towns and rural living such a treasure. It is our new…

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