SCCA News

The SCCA has helped protect 36,825 hectares of Mountain Goat Winter Range in the Sunshine Coast Forest District from logging. An order was issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in May 2012. You can download a map of these lands from the Ministry's website. (The illustration at right is a detail from the map.)

The SCCA became aware in 1999 that a large number of logging approvals had been granted in many of our region's goat winter ranges. These are areas that provide food and shelter for goats under all winter conditions. A complaint was filed with the Forest Practices Board. Their finding in 2002 was that the Ministry of Forest had been unreasonable and that logging plans had been inappropriately approved.

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The SCCA is proud to announce that the John Hind-Smith Environmental Award, recognizing an outstanding environmentalist, was presented to Eagle Walz on May 15, 2012. (Walz is pictured above holding the award, next to SCCA Chair Jason Herz.)

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by Jason Herz, SCCA Chair

The SCCA was granted the right to hold conservation covenants under Section 219 of the Land Titles Act. In the fall of 2010, the Sunshine Coast Regional District inquired as to whether the SCCA would consider holding such a covenant on Cliff Gilker Park.

The request was brought about by people’s comments during the development of the Cliff Gilker Management Plan, which was prepared in 2007, and more recently reaffirmed in the Roberts Creek OCP process. The board and our executive directors felt that this was a great opportunity to merge the wishes of the community with our mandate for the protection of biodiversity.

Upon review of the original covenant presented by the SCRD, it was decided that we would attempt a rewrite to make the document more suitable to the long-term goals of the community, the SCRD parks department and the SCCA. To do this, we enlisted the assistance of retired SCRD head of planning Judy Skogstad and the legal assistance of Lois Potter. It has been a year-long adventure and education in legalese and the language of conservation covenants.

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The SCCA's Spring 2012 newsletter is out!

This gangbuster 16-page edition features articles and updates on wild salmon, logging on Mt. Elphinstone, fisheries sensitive rivers, sponge reefs, the mining proposal at McNabb Creek, invasive holly, jellyfish, and much more! Click our link for a PDF version, or keep an eye out for the paper copies being distributed up and down the coast.

Thanks to newsletter editors Margot Grant and Andrew Scott for another great production.

Spring 2012 Newsletter