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Burnco Rock Products of Calgary is proposing a sand and gravel (aggregate) mine in the fan of McNab Creek, in Howe Sound.  They have submitted a project description to initiate the environmental assessment process, which will be coordinated by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The project would also need rezoning to an industrial land use. The rezoning application has been received by the SCRD and will require public consultation.

In order for Burnco Aggregates to process the material on site, a rezoning application must be approved of by the SCRD. Without the SCRD approval, the proposed mine could still go ahead and the processing could occur off-site.

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The proposed Narrows Inlet Hydro Project is a renamed and altered version of the Stilixwm Hydro Project put forth by Renewable Power Corporation of Gibsons B.C. It involves the drawing down of three high alpine lakes by as much as 45 meters and damming them to raise their levels by as much as 5 meters. It also will means boring almost 4 km of tunnels to access the lakes, building over 15 kms of new transmission lines, cutting penstock routes through two recently protected Goat Winter Range areas, drilling under another and working in close proximity to four more.

Read our submission to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for an overview of our concerns.

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The 2013 Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA) Calendar make a great Christmas present! Alan Sirulnikoff, Allan Forest, Frank Thorburn, Don Klan and Carl Olsen were chosen by a jury to showcase their breathtaking images this year to celebrate the Beauty and Biodiversity of the Coast.

The funds raised by the calendar sales help SCCA preserve the biodiversity of the Coast.

Calendars are on sale for $20 in Gibsons at Gaia's Fair Trade, Seaweeds and Coast Books, in Sechelt at Fresh From the Coast, 420 HempShop, Art Works Touring and Framing, Reflections Bath & Bedroom, the Fish Store and the Visitor's Centre and in Pender Harbour at the Copper Sky Gallery and The Flying Anvil Shop.

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The Fall 2012 issue of the SCCA's newsletter is now available and it's another 16 page edition!

Featured articles include the designation of mountain goat winter ranges, updates on Tzoonie Inlet hydro projects and the Burnco Howe Sound proposal, and detailed reports on four fisheries sensitives watersheds on the Sunshine Coast: Chapman Creek, Wilson Creek, McNab Creek and Dakota Creek.

Click our link below for a PDF version, or keep an eye out for the paper copies being distributed up and down the coast. Back issues of all our newsletters are here on this website under Publications.

Fall 2012 Newsletter


Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes

A new educational presentation about the need for conservation of forested ecosystems in the greater Sunshine Coast region is now up and running. The presentation is about determining how much land needs to be protected and where this protection needs to be applied. Click on the “Biodiversity” tab under the “HANP” heading on the left-side panel.

This presentation, funded by the Mountain Equipment Co-op, is part of the educational component of our Habitat Area Nomination Project (HANP). We’ve put a lot of effort into illustrating the concepts of general biodiversity protection with short texts, stunning photos and a variety of specialized maps. It’s multi-layered so you don’t have to view everything all at once. It’s also linked to the Fisheries Sensitive Watershed section of the website. We’ll probably be adding layers to this program as time and circumstance allow.

The purpose of our effort is to inform and empower people to pursue biodiversity protection in whichever circumstance they find appropriate. Most of all, we hope you enjoy the show!