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#ThrowbackThursday - Stein Valley elders from Lil'wat Nation, Mount Currie Indian Band at the Voices for Wilderness gathering 1985.
I wonder why Canadians in general and British Columbians in particular do not have a widespread tradition of sacred places, known, revered and protected by all. Certainly First Nations do have such places. Special groves of trees, ancient big-house sites, rock paintings, mountains and valleys throughout B.C. have special meaning to the tribal groups within whose territory they fall. The Stein Valley, in the Fraser Canyon is one such place -- steadfastly defended by the Nlaka'pamux and Lil'wat First Nations since the beginning of time. - Joe Foy, 1998
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Salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound
The BC salmon farming industry has a long history of poor practices, which are exacerbated by poor government regulation. Regulation of fish farming in BC was transferred in 2011 from the provincial to the federal government. However the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has conflicting mandates. On the one hand they are supposed to regulate the aquaculture industry, while on the other they are supposed to promote it. They seem to be leaning toward promotion to boost international trade, rather than regulation to protect wild fish stocks. - Friends of Clayoquot Sound
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#ThrowbackThursday - 1989 Sitka Spruce - Cathedral Spires
My jaw dropped when I saw the old-growth giant spruce: it surpassed magnificence. Towering to 63 metres (205 feet) and with a girth of 12 metres (38 feet), it presented well, as if in dignified old age. Sword fern grew from branch crooks, and deep green moss adorned its branches. It hosted an enormous shelf fungus about a metre across and secondary growth on branches in the canopy. In spite of a sign warning Overhead Danger I placed both hands against the tree and closed my eyes. - Hans Tammemagi
Photo: Kevin Oke
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The ancient forests and waters of Clayoquot Sound have long been recognized as an exciting opportunity to protect fully functioning, intact coastal rainforest ecosystems on BC's south pacific coast. In 1993, citizens concern over logging in Clayoquot Sound boiled over into some of the largest environmental protests ever seen in Canada.
Photo: Alexis Stoymenoff
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#ThrowbackThursday - 1985, Voices for Wilderness first Stein Valley gathering.
This was the beginning of a powerful wilderness preservation campaign that succeeded in 1995 in seeing the designation of the Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park under the co-management of the Lytton Indian Band and the BC provincial government.
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Located behind Shawnigan Lake, the Koksilah Grove is one of the best stands of old-growth Douglas-fir left anywhere, and is relatively accessible. Surprisingly, a few of the guys had never been there, so we packed up and headed out.
Along the way, we chatted and joked around, but when the trail turned and we walked between the first of the giants, the mood instantly changed. All conversation stopped, and everyone wandered around, staring upwards, feeling the awe that only an old-growth forest can inspire. I even caught a couple of them with their mouths wide open.
Watching my friends, I was reminded of famous world wonders that I’ve been lucky enough to see, like Machu Picchu or Niagara Falls. And that struck me as weird, because these weren’t tourists I was with – they weren’t visitors from faraway, less-forested places – they were all locals who grew up in the coastal temperate rainforest.
Koksilah River Grove is one of the last stands of old-growth Douglas Fir forests on the island and it is still unprotected. This beautiful grove is located about 60 minutes from Victoria, near Shawnigan Lake. Did you know that old-growth Douglas Firs have been reduced to 1 percent of their original numbers here on Vancouver Island? - Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner
Photo credit: Jacob Wise
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#ThrowbackThursday - Wilderness Committee founder Paul George in the triple cedars on Lyell Island, Haida Gwaii (Photo: Richard Krieger) 1979.
Paul is looking up at a stand of old-growth redcedar trees. This was part of the journey that inspired the formation of the Wilderness Committee in August 1980.
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Proposed caribou habitat area...
Caribou are found around the world in northern forests, on the tundra and in wild mountainous regions. The elusive forest dwelling woodland caribou are rarely seen. It is these grey ghosts of the forest, in particular the boreal forest population of woodland caribou, that urgently need our attention. - @ericredergwac .
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Dry grasslands bordered by icy blue mountains.
The federal and BC governments are currently looking at establishing a new national park reserve in the hot, dry South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys around the towns of Osoyoos and Keremeos in southern British Columbia.
A national park here would protect more species at risk, more endangered habitat types, and encompass a greater diversity of ecosystems than any national park in Canada.
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"Toad People" screening at Science World tonight at 6:45. Event ticket link in bio.
The story of people like Steve Clegg and other families and communities across BC who are taking action to save the wildlife in their backyard, whether it’s toads, mountain caribou, rattlesnakes or barn owls.
Their work is immense. Because despite having some of the most diverse wildlife in North America – including 1,900 species at risk – British Columbia is one of only two provinces in Canada with no endangered species law.
For the last six years, co-directors Mike McKinlay and Isabelle Groc have documented intensive community efforts to save species at risk in British Columbia and explored the urgent need for a BC endangered species law. Today, they bring those stories and the people behind them together in "Toad People."
Picture - Isabelle Groc, BC Species Outreach Coordinator
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Further south on Vancouver Island, in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht Nation, sits Kaxi:ks, or the Walbran Valley. The old growth rainforest is still being clearcut by Teal Jones logging company despite public outcry, blockades and extensive campaigning by the Wilderness Committee and others.
For the past two summers, we’ve partnered with the grassroots Friends of Carmanah/Walbran to build boardwalks and trails into Teal Jones’ planned cutblocks. Because of these efforts, thousands of citizens have seen and borne witness to the ten-thousand-year-old ecosystem Teal Jones wants to liquidate for profit.
This year, we partnered with the Friends on three trips, building boardwalks and expanding trails into several different parts of the Walbran. .
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The long journey that salmon take every year has always amazed me. Small and vulnerable, juvenile salmon make their way from streambeds to the open ocean. Years later, they somehow find their way back to spawn in the same rivers where they were born. Their four-year journey from birth to death takes them from rivers far in the interior to the deep ocean and back again. During their amazing life cycle they play a critical role in nourishing the people and wildlife of this province. First Nations people, orcas, eagles, bears, and our forests all depend on the life-giving feast of wild salmon. They are the knot that ties our ecosystems together, the foundation that everything else is built on.
Wild salmon used to be plentiful in hundreds of rivers across B.C.. Habitat destruction and urban sprawl have created many “lost streams” where salmon used to breed, but no longer do. Over the last 10 years, the rate of return in the key Fraser River run has been steadily declining. Last year’s devastating collapse of the very same run that is so bountiful this year shows us just how fragile salmon are—and how little we know about the systems that support them.
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The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. - Ontario Parks
Parks need protection, not destruction. Every year, every month we allow logging to continue in Algonquin Provincial Park, we hand a loss of natural heritage to future generations. - @ericredergwac
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Chordeiles minor - Common Nighthawk in Hollow Water First Nation territory
Nighthawks roam the skies over treetops, grasslands, and cities. Their sharp, electric peent call is often the first clue they’re overhead. In the dim half-light, these long-winged birds fly in graceful loops, flashing white patches out past the bend of each wing as they chase insects. These fairly common but declining birds make no nest. Their young are so well camouflaged that they’re hard to find, and even the adults seem to vanish as soon as they land.
There are few places on this planet left untouched by industrialization. In an increasingly populated world, natural areas are becoming ever more valuable, simply because they are still whole. The lands and waters of Hollow Water First Nation territory are on the edge of the greatest intact forest left on Earth – the Heart of the Boreal – and their care will be a legacy for all Manitobans.
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Just northwest of Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois Tribal Park is the unceded territory of the Ahousaht Nation, where we led two trips this summer. In January, Ahousaht unveiled its land use vision – and ambitious goal that sets aside 80 per cent of Ahousaht territory from logging and bans destructive activities like mining.
Our trips to the Wildside featured up-close wildlife sightings, lunch-breaks on sunny white-sand beaches, and several kilometers of trail cleared of dense overgrown underbrush.
The boat trip out to Flores Island, a twice-daily commute for some Ahousaht people, is a breathtaking event for the rest of us. Camping along the trail, we spoke to many hikers, each one humbled and amazed by the power and richness of this territory.
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Rising up from the ocean, the emerald green ancient forests of Meares Island form the backdrop of the tourist and fishing town of Tofino, BC, Canada.
Situated in the heart of Clayoquot (pronounced "Klak-wot") Sound, Tofino is on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is where the Trans Canada Highway hits the wideopen Pacific Ocean. As anyone who has visited Clayoquot Sound knows, this place is a symphony of nature connected to the rest of Canada by a ribbon of blacktop.
To fend off impending logging plans, Meares Island was first designated a "Tribal Park" on April 21, 1984 by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, supported by its neighbours, the Ahousaht First Nations. Meares Island's 8,500 hectares of spectacular ancient forests make this tribal park a favourite with west coast visitors.
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Cortes Island - part of the incredible Discovery Islands, nestled between central Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s mainland. While the island itself perfectly represents the awesome natural appeal of coastal British Columbia, I discovered that the most beautiful part of Cortes was its people: passionate citizens fighting to protect their forests and find better, more responsible ways of operating the forest economy.
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What I’d learned about Cortes beforehand was a story all too common in coastal British Columbia – one I’ve encountered in many small communities I’ve visited. Cortes Islanders are passionate, proud of, and connected to their forests. And for good reason: the older forest is incredibly healthy, featuring stands of legitimate old-growth, which is extremely rare in the dry western hemlock and coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems. Much of this forest is threatened by industrial logging, as are the countless endangered species and the high recreational value these lands hold. - Torrance Coste, Vancouver island Campaigner .
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Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) The name chum salmon comes from the Chinook Jargon term tzum, meaning "spotted" or "marked."
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Most chum salmon spawn in small streams and intertidal zones. Some chum travel more than 3,200 km (2,000 mi) up the Yukon River. Chum fry migrate out to sea from March through July, almost immediately after becoming free swimmers. They spend one to three years traveling very long distances in the ocean. These are the last salmon to spawn (November to January) in some regions. In Alaska they are the first to spawn in June and August and are then followed by pink and coho salmon. They die about two weeks after they return to the freshwater to spawn. They utilize the lower tributaries of the watershed, tend to build nests called redds, really little more than protected depressions in the gravel, in shallow edges of the watercourse and at the tail end of deep pools. The female lays eggs in the redd, the male sprays milt on the eggs, and the female covers the eggs with gravel. The female can lay up to 4000 eggs.
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Magic in Algonquin Provincial Park
Pioneer loggers pushing up from the Ottawa Valley reached Algonquin in search of the great White Pine trees whose prime wood was increasingly in demand by an expanding British economy.
Living in remote, primitive camps, they felled and squared the giant pine, and when spring came, drove them down swollen rivers to the Ottawa River and the outside world.
Algonquin was established in 1893, not to stop logging but to establish a wildlife sanctuary, and by excluding agriculture, to protect the headwaters of the five major rivers which flow from the Park. Soon it was "discovered", at first by adventurous fishermen, then by Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven. - Algonquin Provincial Park Official Website of The Friends of Algonquin Park
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The Walbran Valley harbours some of the finest ancient forests remaining on southern Vancouver Island. This amazing big-tree forest has been the subject of Wilderness Committee preservation campaigns since the 1980s.

The upper Carmanah Valley, lower Walbran Valley, Cullite and Logan valleys were added to Carmanah Pacific Provincial Park in 1994. However, the upper Walbran Valley and the Fletcher Falls area of the central Walbran Valley were given over to logging companies.
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