Farms to Friends extends to end of December

Bringing healthy, local food to families in need simply makes sense in these trying times. We launched Farms to Friends this summer to do just that, and it’s been so successful, we’re extending it to the end of the year.  With funding from a few grants and a lot of business sponsors and individual donors, Farms to Friends has EcoSociety staff and a group of committed volunteers delivering fresh…

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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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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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Yay! Feds agree to Assess Teck Coal Mine – healthy and safe people need to come first

Photo & caption from Wildsight The decision was made on August 19th for Teck’s Castle Mine project to require federal review. Thank you, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, for your decision, and everyone who asked for a federal assessment of this project!  This important decision means the Castle Mine project, located in the Elk Valley area near Fernie in…

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