SCCA News

Regarding: Selection of Interim Measures and Watershed Protection

Dear Chief and Council,

We are writing today on behalf of the membership of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association to say thank you for your recent initiative to protect the Chapman and Gray community watersheds by nominating this area for “interim protection” as part of the land use negotiations between the Sechelt First Nation and British Columbia.

It is apparent to us, and we hope it is apparent to everyone, that there are highly significant benefits for the entire Sunshine Coast community inherent in the reconciliation of British Columbia with the Sechelt Nation.

Again, we thank you for your consistent approach, over many years, to management and protection of this critical resource area which is so important to the daily lives of the vast majority of residents of the Sunshine Coast.

Yours truly,
Daniel Bouman, Executive Director
Brad Benson, Co-Chair
Gail Riddell, Co-Chair

cc:
Hon. Gordon Campbell, Premier of BC Hon. Pat Bell, Minister, Agriculture and Lands Nicholas Simons, MLA Sunshine Coast Regional District Powell River Regional District Town of Gibsons District of Sechelt The Coast Reporter The Local The Peak



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The province’s new Public Health Act, unveiled on Wednesday April 9, has eliminated the public’s rights to demand an investigation of threats to their health, says West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL). Its preliminary analysis of the province’s new Public Health Act reveals some positive changes in the legislation. However, it has at the same time the new law has stripped away public input and transparency from the process. West Coast calls on the government to amend the Act to involve the public in addressing threats to public health.

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On Wednesday, April 23rd at 7 pm, Dr. Bruce Fraser will address “Forestry Implications of a Low Carbon Economy” at the Seaside Centre. All members of the community are welcome to attend this open meeting.

Invited by the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, Dr. Fraser plans to talk about climate change policies and BC industrial initiatives as they affect forestry, as well as the overall implications for forest practices in this province. At the conclusion of his talk, he will welcome questions.

Dr. Fraser is a plant ecologist who has served as President of both Selkirk and Malaspina Colleges. For many years he has consulted on land use planning, working with 30 BC resource-based communities. He has acted as a consultant on development projects in 19 countries worldwide. Since 2003, Dr. Fraser has been Chair of the Forest Practices Board.

 

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March 18, 2008

 

The details are sketchy as yet but it is apparent that the Sechelt Community Forest has been removed from the Chapman/Gray Community watershed. There are now no logging licencees operating in the community’s main drinking watershed.

Bruce Seifert of the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB), in a presentation to the SC Regional District on March 13, explained that the ILMB is focusing on implementing the New Relationship with First Nations. Toward this purpose, First Nations in this forest district were asked to identify the most contentious areas in their traditional territories. The Sechelts identified the Chapman and Gray watershed situation as one of several major obstacles to land claim settlement. Seifert said that government is moving to put in place interim protections for many of these areas.

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