Ben Collison was born and raised in the Kootenays, and is currently a masters student at Dalhousie University. As part of his masters degree, Ben opted to study private land logging and its impacts on this place where he spent his formative years. His research focuses on the Elk Valley and the impact of private … Continued
Safer communities through saved forests
Wildsight News : Conservation
Private landowners can liquidate forests with little concern for wildlife, water, and local communities. Landowners are not even required to consult with affected residents. Minimal regulations means there’s no requirement to consider long-term sustainability.
Well that sure was ssssssssuper. The first in our ‘Wild Wednesdays’ Local Lore workshop series, ‘Garter Snake Shenanigans’ hosted by snake champion and Senior Biologist Mike Sarell was absolutely scintillating! Enjoy this recording yourself, with your kids, or students, to learn about our local snake species in the Columbia Basin and what we can do … Continued
Along the meandering upper St Mary’s River, huge old growth cedar stumps tell the story of what was here before the clearcuts. From avalanche path to the valley bottom, the entire landscape has been logged. Why did the Province allow this kind of logging in such important fish and wildlife habitat?
It’s hard to miss the giant clearcut above Wynndel. Why do we allow this kind of logging right above our homes in the heart of the beautiful Creston Valley? Because this land is private land, and there are very few rules for private land logging.
Massive steep-slope clearcuts on private land have been spreading across the Elk Valley. These private land clearcuts near Fernie and Elkford are on private land owned by Canwel, who own ⅛ of the entire Elk Valley.
Columbia Lake residents are in an uproar at a proposed logging operation on private land that threatened their drinking water source. Because of very weak private land logging regulations, there is little local government can do to protect this water source from logging.
Bank swallows have faced a devastating 98% population loss over a 40-year period recently. Barn swallows aren’t faring much better, with a 76% loss over the same period. Swallow populations are facing multiple threats including reduced food sources, vehicle collisions, habitat destruction, and large-scale impacts such as climatic changes. These sobering statistics led Golden biologist … Continued
Gumption. If you’ve got it, you’re halfway there. The other half? A mixture of luck, well-positioned friends, and a whole lot of work. Tracy Flynn has gumption, no doubt about it. Tracy is a Columbia Valley resident who lives in a small rural community bordering the western shoreline of Columbia Lake. This grandiose lake, the … Continued
A new province-wide coalition is calling on the government to re-establish the province as a world leader in fish, wildlife, and habitat management. The Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Coalition represents a diverse array of interests that all share common concerns about the decline of fish, wildlife, and habitat including environmental and conservation organizations, hunting and … Continued