On Oct. 5, Teck pleaded guilty and was fined $1.4M under the Fisheries Act for releasing pollution from their Line Creek water treatment facility in 2014. The three releases of contaminated water killed dozens of bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. “The fish populations in the Elk and Kootenay watersheds are world-renowned. A central principle … Continued
30 years of Wildsight: An interview with Ellen Zimmerman
Wildsight News :Conservation
Water has been at the core of our work at Wildsight for 30 years. To celebrate our 30th anniversary and the enactment of the full suite of federal boating regulations on the Columbia Wetlands, the culmination of 16 years of work, we gathered late this September to celebrate with a group paddle through the wetlands. … Continued
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 weeks ago, I spent a few hot days in the Flathead Valley, often in the cold, clear waters of the tributaries of the Flathead River. The whole Flathead, which is the largest unsettled valley in Southern Canada, is recognized by scientists around the world for its pristine water quality. Wildsight, along with our … Continued
Continuing our 30th anniversary celebration, Eddie Petryshen sat down with Ellen Zimmerman to talk conservation in the Kootenays.
We have one last chance to stop the Lizard Creek subdivision near Fernie and protect grizzlies! Send a message to your Regional District director asking them to cast their final vote to protect bears—and to stand up for the Official Community Plan. There’s been a lot of claims made about just how important (or unimportant) the … Continued
It seems obvious: fish need habitat. Fish need clean water, functioning ecosystems, and habitat for spawning, migrating, growing and feeding, but habitat protection was cut from the Fisheries Act under Harper.
In part 3 of our Qat’muk interview with Ktunaxa storyteller Joe Pierre, he details what a sacred space means to him, and what the Supreme court case could mean for Ktunaxa, Qat’muk and indigenous sacred spaces across Canada.
Commercial harvesting of wild huckleberries is happening on a scale we’ve never seen before in the Kootenays. One camp of thirty harvesters near Yahk, working with berry rakes, is picking hundreds of pounds per day and they plan to keep picking until frost. A thousand pounds per day are crossing the US border at Kingsgate … Continued
Wildsight welcomes the ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears announced yesterday, but we are unclear what a meat hunt will mean for the bears. Big-game hunters may still hunt grizzlies, taking home photos of themselves with their kill instead of the bear’s hide, head and paws, which will be prohibited. Very few, if any, … Continued