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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!

 

On July 27, 2012, eighteen representatives of groups concerned about fisheries and watersheds in the Squamish and Vancouver area (eg. Ecojustice, Watershed Watch, Squamish First Nations, local watershed council, stream keepers) met with MPs John Weston (West Vancouver-Squamish) and Randy Kamp (Maple Ridge and Secretary to DFO Minister Ashfield) regarding changes in the Fisheries Act as driven by Bill C 38 which received Royal Assent on June 29th, 2012.

Otto Langer, a Fishers Biologist and Aquatic Ecologist, took notes of this meeting which he has made available to all interested Canadians.  (Note that the SCCA has made minor typographical edits.)

The Harper government has radically altered the habitat provisions of the Fisheries Act via Bill C 38, without public consultation.

 

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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Thanks to grant funding from the Vancouver Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Patagonia Environment Fund and Sunshine Coast donors, the SCCA has compiled historical fisheries data for key watersheds in the Sunshine Coast Forest District, and published them on this website.

The SCCA is asking the province to designate Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds in these areas to ensure that forestry activities do not compromise fisheries.

Salmon fisheries have been radically degraded by poorly regulated land uses, but we believe that they are still recoverable, and that the benefits to society and the environment would be enormous.

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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