DFO Seeks Killer Whale Feedback
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is asking for public feedback on the draft Action Plan for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Canada.
The Species at Risk Act (SARA) requires that an action plan be developed for Threatened and Endangered species. The Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales were listed as Threatened and Endangered respectively under SARA in June 2003.
Follow the link to the read the draft action plan and to submit your comments. If you are interested in assisting the SCCA with a committee effort on this submission contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date is April 16th so hurry.
- Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 02:38
SCCA submits to OGMA review
The opportunity for public input on proposed Old Growth Management Areas within five Landscape Units in the Sunshine Coast Forest District is now closed.
Thanks to the knowledge and energy of three volunteers, the SCCA was able to make a submission in the hopes of creating better representations of, and protection for, the biodiversity found in our forests.
As this review consisted of 600 individual Old Growth polygons spread over 5 landscape units, it was decided to make comments and recommendations on the legal and policy context within which the OGMAs are being proposed and then focus on the Salmon Landscape unit in our examination of specific siting issues. One of the main issues was the number of polygons that were of insufficient dimension to offer the characteristics of an interior forest condition. Click on the link to see the full submission.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 02:16
The Coal Hard Facts
Our Coal Hard Facts: Coal Shipment Impacts on the Sunshine Coast held on November 23rd at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall in was a resounding success.
Over 150 people packed the SIB Hall, including Chief Garry Feschuk, District 46 School Trustee Lori Dixon, SCRD Councillor Donna Shugar, and Gibsons Councillor Lee-Ann Johnson for an informative and lively two and one-half hour meeting.
We send our gratitude to the generous donors and volunteers who helped make it all possible, including: Roger Handling (graphic design), Sechelt Indian Band (donation of facilities), Strait Coffee, our knowledgeable panelists for their time and expertise, and the many helping hands too numerous to name.
A Youtube video of the presentation is available.
Click here to learn more about the issue and to find out what you can do to address the impacts of US Thermal Coal transport in our coastal waters.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 05:26
SCCA Signs Covenant to Protect Gambier Reserves
The Islands Trust Fund, owner of three nature reserves on Gambier Island, recently signed conservation covenants with the Gambier Island Conservancy and Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. The covenants legally commit all three organizations to share responsibility for safeguarding the reserves.
The three reserves, spanning 150 hectares, provide a wildlife corridor stretching from the bluffs of Brigade Bay to the top of Mt. Artaban, a popular hiking destination that rises 614 metres (2,014 feet) above Howe Sound and is visible from the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association sees the three-party agreement as an integral part of its mandate. “This is exactly what our association exits to do -- protect the biodiversity and environment on the Sunshine Coast,” said SCCA chair Jason Herz.
- Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 04:04