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Prior to 1996, local single-purpose environmental groups and community organizations focused on specific issues such as pesticide use, watershed integrity, logging practices and park proposals. There were some successes. However, we realized that the issues of biodiversity protection were multiplying and a unified regional conservation organization was needed. Every active environmental group on the Sunshine Coast joined the new Sunshine Coast Conservation Association.

The SCCA has become the unifying voice of conservation for Sunshine Coast residents, —the official umbrella organization for over 30 groups, working within the law and using appropriate advocacy techniques. Now, nearly 20 years later, new groups on the upper and lower Sunshine Coast continue to join and to learn advocacy and community-building skills from us. When conservation problems arise, people turn to the SCCA for help in dealing with government and raising public awareness.

 

Salal, by Delvin at www.poxin.org

 

Some Past Accomplishments