Current legislation in British Columbia does not prioritize species at risk such as caribou, nor protect biodiversity and functional ecosystems. Land use continues to be driven by outdated legislation designed to get logs to sawmills, and coal and minerals to market.
Author: John Bergenske
Much has changed over the past few months. We’re all doing what we can to keep our families and our communities safe, even with so much fear and uncertainty. I hope you are finding time to recharge in the wild. Whether it’s an alpine basin, a quiet trail close to home or birdsong outside your … Continued
We need your help to protect our wildlife, water, plants and the wild spaces that support them.
Old growth forests in the Kootenays are at risk. The time to act is now. Tell BC to end the logging of old growth forests. We are in the midst of both a climate and biodiversity crisis—with rising land and ocean temperatures, and up to one million species at risk of extinction. Conserving and restoring … Continued
Caribou across the province continue to be displaced from their critical habitat as our human footprint grows unabated. Almost 30 of B.C.’s 52 surviving mountain caribou herds are at risk of disappearing, and a dozen of those herds now have fewer than 25 animals. This past winter in the Kootenays we have suffered the loss … Continued
This year, Wildsight celebrates 30 years of protecting wildlife, clean water and wild places. It’s been quite the journey…
With the colder weather and rain, wildfires are coming under control and plans for salvage logging are being put together quickly across the province. The science over the past two decades has been clear: salvage logging is risky for our natural systems and delays or even prevents ecosystem recovery. Fire salvage logging increases soil compaction, … Continued
A few days ago, I spent a day in the woods near Invermere with two of Canfor’s foresters, a local rancher, and the president of the local rod and gun club. The day’s objective? To make sure that Canfor’s logging plans would not negatively impact the mountain goats who travel through the area on their … Continued
The province’s announcement of a new wildlife management agency raises more questions than it answers. Bill Bennett’s interpretation, reported in the press recently, threatens to take environmental management out of the hands of wildlife biologists and the public. Wildlife has strong intrinsic value to British Columbians and shouldn’t be managed for the benefit of any … Continued
Art Twomey died in a helicopter crash in his beloved Purcell Mountains twenty years ago this January. He first arrived in the Purcells in 1969 to carve out a life of mountain adventure. A glacial geologist, accomplished mountaineer and professional photographer, he found a home high in the St. Mary’s Valley and later off the … Continued