The dumping ranges from trailers.

Illegal dumping threatens conservation lands – Hosmer

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is reporting an increase in garbage on its conservation lands that parallel the Elk River and Highway 3

  • Oct. 19, 2016 12:00 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is reporting an increase in dumping of garbage on its conservation lands that parallel the Elk River and Highway 3 between Fernie and Sparwood, in the Hosmer strip area. The lands are part of the Elk Valley Heritage Conservation Area, which was created in 2004 when the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased 1,213 hectares of valley-bottom land from Tembec.

In recent years, the amount of garbage and debris being thrown out on these lands has escalated. Abandoned campers, TVs, washing machines, meat scraps and animal bones are among the trash that has been dumped there.

The dumping of garbage can cause health and environmental problems, increase fire risk and cost significant amounts to clean up. Of particular concern to the conservation group is the threat that illegal dumping poses to wildlife. Bears in particular face an increased risk of death and injury when they become habituated to garbage in settled areas, which can lead to vehicle or train collisions, or the decision to euthanize problem bears.

This area provides critical habitat for wildlife moving between the Crown of the Continent region to the south and the remote wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Grizzly bear, wolf and wolverine are all key species that use these lands to move safely through their range.

Illegal dumping also detracts from the community’s enjoyment of the outdoors. The Elk Valley Heritage Conservation Area is a popular recreation site for hiking, picnicking, camping and hunting. Recreational users benefit from these lands staying clean and safe.

Some informal clean-up efforts have helped to fight the accumulation of garbage in the area.

“We are very appreciative of locals who have initiated their own clean-up campaign,” says Richard Klafki, stewardship coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “One individual hauled over three pick up loads from these lands to the local transfer station.”

The Fernie transfer station is open seven days a week, and the Sparwood transfer station is open Monday to Saturday. In addition to household garbage, these stations accept scrap metal, clean wood waste, yard waste, car batteries and propane tanks.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is planning to host a community clean-up event in the spring of 2017. For more information or to get involved, contact the Nature Conservancy of Canada at 250-342-5521 or

Just Posted

Double loss sends Riders back to drawing board

Despite putting up a good fight against both Revelstoke and Creston, the… Continue reading

Gay minister challenges preconceptions

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Documentary reveals Fernie’s role in WWI internment operations

That Never Happened to screen on 100th anniversary of Morrissey internment camp closure

Environmental monitoring meeting in Elkford tonight

Meeting to focus on environmental monitoring programs at Teck coal mines in the Elk Valley

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Former B.C. cop sentenced to jail ‘in the community’ after caught in Creep Catchers sting

Dario Devic pleaded guilty after getting caught up in Surrey Creep Catcher sting in Whalley in 2016

5 races to watch in B.C.’s municipal elections this Saturday

This year’s election results across more than 160 cities in B.C. will start pouring in after polls close Saturday at 8 p.m.

Annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in September was up 2.2 per cent from a year ago compared with a year-over-year increase of 2.8 per cent in August

Dog deaths in Lower Mainland may be tied to suspected mushroom poisoning: RCMP

Police have received reports in the last month about several dogs becoming ill after visiting a park in North Vancouver

Record-breaking $113 million Lotto Max jackpot up for grabs

This is Canada’s highest top prize offering ever and includes 53 Max Millions

Most Read