Conservation

The Elk River Alliance is hosting a public presentation on Dec. 8, 2022, about land use and river health in the Elk Valley. (Submitted by Evgeni Matveev)

Elk River Alliance to host public info session on land use and river health

The ERA is inviting the public to the presentation on Dec. 8

 

Fernie Secondary School students in Grade 7 and 12, led by the Elk River Alliance, planted 600 trees at the Morrissey Meadows Conservation Lands on Oct. 25, 2022. (Submitted by Evgeni Matveev)

Fernie Secondary School students plant hundreds of trees for conservation

The effort was led by the ERA on the Morrissey Meadows Conservation Land

 

Dr. Chris Shepherd, right, with his daughters Raven, left, and Robyn, at the Scout Island Nature Centre on Oct. 20, 2022. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C.-based researcher working to address global illegal wildlife trade

Dr. Chris Shepherd is based in Big Lake after decades in Malaysia and Indonesia

 

Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)

Wild B.C. population of critically endangered spotted owl jumps from 1 to 4

Conservation made possible due to partnership between Spuzzum First Nation and provincial government

Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)
Rosamund Moore, second from right, poses with family members Justine Keirn, Anika Keirn, and Lachlan Keirn along with Mayor Ron Toyota at the celebratory opening of the Dwight and Rosamund Moore Community Wetland. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Town of Creston restores reservoir, opens new community wetland

Dwight and Rosamund Moore Community Wetland will serve as public green space, educational site

Rosamund Moore, second from right, poses with family members Justine Keirn, Anika Keirn, and Lachlan Keirn along with Mayor Ron Toyota at the celebratory opening of the Dwight and Rosamund Moore Community Wetland. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)

Night hunting near Williams Lake leads to 3 arrests, seizure of 5 dead deer, guns and truck

The individuals were hunting with high powered lights

  • Oct 24, 2022
Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)
Teck and Nupqu, a Ktunaxa-owned company, partnered to plant 2.4 million seedlings in the Elk Valley area in 2022. (Photo contributed by Teck)

Teck and Ktunaxa partner to plant 2.4 million seedlings in 2022

The trees were planted as part of Teck’s goal to be nature positive

Teck and Nupqu, a Ktunaxa-owned company, partnered to plant 2.4 million seedlings in the Elk Valley area in 2022. (Photo contributed by Teck)
Wildlife exclusion fencing is being installed along Hwy. 3 from east of Hosmer to the Alberta border. This photo was taken east of Sparwood of the new highway fencing. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Wildlife exclusion fencing project for Hwy. 3 underway

The project will see 27 km of highway fenced from east of Hosmer to the Alberta border

Wildlife exclusion fencing is being installed along Hwy. 3 from east of Hosmer to the Alberta border. This photo was taken east of Sparwood of the new highway fencing. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

City of Fernie launches fruit tree removal program

The city will be removing poorly maintained animal attractant trees from public lands

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)
Elk River Alliance volunteers participating in the 2022 shoreline cleanup in Fernie. (Courtesy of the Elk River Alliance)

Elk River cleanup snags 5,000 pieces of garbage in 2022

103 people volunteered at this year’s Elk River Alliance shoreline cleanup

Elk River Alliance volunteers participating in the 2022 shoreline cleanup in Fernie. (Courtesy of the Elk River Alliance)
A Calgary man received a two-year ban from hunting in the province for using a B.C. resident licence to hunt. Photo Facebook/BCCOS

Calgary man receives ban, $2,875 fine for using B.C. resident licence to hunt

Incident took place in 2019 on Vancouver Island

A Calgary man received a two-year ban from hunting in the province for using a B.C. resident licence to hunt. Photo Facebook/BCCOS
BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)

Five U.S. citizens fined for fishing with barbed hooks near Bella Coola

BC Conservation officers caught them during a patrol of the Dean River

BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)
Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)

Elk River Alliance to host 2022 shoreline cleanup

The ERA is inviting people out to this year’s Elk River cleanup

Elk River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)
A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Managing attractants ‘crucial’ for bear co-existence during bulking season: Wildsafe

Wildsafe BC Elk Valley coordinator on managing attractants leading up to hibernation

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Black Press File photo

Child finds dead buck in yard; Okanagan man fined for not reporting shot and injured deer

The event happened in Feb. 2021, during the hunting offseason

Black Press File photo
Cow Moose Sign Project founder Dan Simmons is thrilled the provincial government is stopping the antlerless moose hunt in Region 7. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. group applauds province for protecting cow moose in Omineca region

Regulation changes will see calf and cow moose hunts left out of the Limited Entry Hunt in Region 7

Cow Moose Sign Project founder Dan Simmons is thrilled the provincial government is stopping the antlerless moose hunt in Region 7. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former B.C. conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)
File photo of a black bear.

Sparwood offers wildlife attractant tree replacement grant

WildSafe BC has been running a similar progam in the region since last year

File photo of a black bear.
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

District of Elkford touts 2021 bear record, promotes bear safety

In 2021, none of the 31 Elk Valley bear euthanizations were in Elkford

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)