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A resource of information about the de-forestation taking place on private land  on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.

 

This resource is for all the concerned citizens from

East Shore Communities.

There are a number of private managed forests on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake and throughout the province of British Columbia. Attracted by looser regulations, and minimal environmental specifications, logging companies are purchasing land and clearing it with devastating effects to local environments and potential hazards to water supply. Such projects are currently taking place in Fernie, Creston, Riondel, and Kaslo, BC. 

This site is dedicated to the gathering of resources and information related to private logging activities in hopes of increasing awareness and connecting concerned citizens with each other and the resources needed to act. 

First public meeting June 24th 2021

Thank you for all who participated! We will meet again in September with more information!

News

Forests won’t be the same

Those forests now burning south of Fauquier and Edgewood, and northeast of Winlaw? They’re not coming back. Read more here: https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/342777/West-Kootenay-forests-may-never-be-the-same-says-ecologist

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Resources

Forest Conservation Organizations & Resources

 

The Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society (CLPS) is a concerned group of Nelson and area citizens who want to save the land around Cottonwood Lake from unregulated clearcut logging.

The community has secured 33% of the land around the lake, with intentions to save the remaining 67% of the land and transfer the land over to the RDCK. CLPS is also working to raise the remaining ancillary funds to cover legal, surveying, and conservancy costs associated to protect Cottonwood lake in perpetuity.

The community has raised a total of $400,000, and most recently, was approved for $75,000 in funding from the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Program that will go directly to their land purchase agreement.

 

Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) is a BC-based wilderness conservation organization, specializing in the creation of parks and protected areas for wildlife and ecosystems. The Valhalla Wilderness Society was founded in the small village of New Denver, British Columbia, in 1975. It started as a group of local residents who wanted to save the forested slopes of the Valhalla Range from logging. 

VWS has successfully spearheaded campaigns for Valhalla Provincial
Park, the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, Goat Range Provincial Park, and the Spirit Bear Conservancies on Princess Royal Island.

 

Current Campaigns:

Inland Temperate Rainforest:

Valhalla Wilderness Society has achieved decades of research in the Inland Temperate Rainforest region of British Columbia. The result is a portfolio of three proposals for new parks that would protect high-biodiversity old-growth Inland Temperate Rainforest and many species at risk.

 

Grow BC Parks:

Fifty-eight scientists, organizations, businesses and advocates across British Columbia are calling for a major expansion of BC’s Parks and Protected Areas to preserve biodiversity and take meaningful action on climate change.

The Grow BC Parks Coalition is petitioning the Provincial and First Nation governments of British Columbia to immediately protect BC’s remaining intact natural areas.

 

Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

Wildsight works to shape and influence land-use decisions, to guide practice and steward change on the ground. Working with industry, scientists, the teaching community and all levels of government, including First Nations. Partnering with other local, provincial, national, and international conservation and education organizations to achieve their goals.

Programs include:

The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is a registered non-profit organization working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry.

 

Current Campaigns:

Provincial Old-Growth Protection Strategy:

The Ancient Forest Alliance is calling for the provincial government to establish a BC Old-Growth Protection Strategy that would ensure comprehensive, legislated protection for BC’s ancient forests on public/Crown lands.

BC Natural Lands Acquisition Fund: 

A BC Natural Lands Acquisition Fund would allow for the purchase and protection of BC’s most endangered ecosystems on private lands to sustain wildlife, clean water, recreation and tourism.

The AFA is therefore calling on the BC government to establish a dedicated $40 million per year BC Natural Lands Acquisition Fund, raising $400 million over 10 years, to systematically purchase private lands of high conservation, scenic, cultural, and recreational value from willing sellers to add to BC’s parks and protected areas system.

 

The BC Coalition for Forestry Reform is a grassroots alliance of BC communities advocating for culturally and ecologically sustainable forestry practices. We support data-driven, long term stewardship of the timber and non-timber values of BC’s forests. We advocate for forest management based on long-term landscape-level planning, a mandatory shared decision making process with local communities, careful incorporation of public needs and values, and full recognition of our forests’ non-timber values including water, wildlife, tourism, and recreation.

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization who partners with individuals, corporations, foundations, Indigenous communities and other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. The group secures properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) to manage them for the long term.

BC campaigns include:

 

The Conservation Alliance is a group of like-mind companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. We direct our funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat and outdoor recreation. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by outdoor industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. We now have more than 250 member companies, and plan to disburse more than $2 million in 2020.

Canadian Campaigns include:

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