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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You’re Invited to our Ski & Snowboard Movie Night

2 Movies Back to Back: Nitro Snowboards: Offline & Level 1 Productions: Romance   I'm very excited to announce that we are hosting two movies back-to-back this year that spread the love of all things snow sports. Heck yeah! EcoSociety is hosting movie nights in both Rossland and Nelson, get your tickets today while they last!  This is much more than your regular movie night: Rossland:…

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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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Experiencing an old growth forest

Living in the middle of the inland temperate rainforest, it’s easy to take giant, ancient trees for granted. We’re around them all the time. It’s easy to forget that they are unique, and for many people, offer a unique experience. A couple of summers ago at Gibson Lake in Kokanee Glacier Park, a vehicle from Saskatchewan pulled up, and we started chatting with the two couples who got out about…

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