Conservation

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Galloway Lands proposal to go to public hearing mid-June

The public hearing will take place on June 14, 15, and 16 on Zoom

 

NWP Coal is the company pushing the Crown Mountain project. (Photo courtesy of NWP Coal)

NWP Coal completes environmental assessment document for mining project near Sparwood

The environmental assessment had been delayed for about a year

 

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Grizzly bear shot and killed near Fernie, COs seeking information

The female bear was around 6 years old and it would have been her first breeding year

 

The BC Conservation Officer Service has recommended charges against a Lower Mainland man for feeding wildlife. (Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Lower Mainland resident allegedly fed bears and coyotes for months

B.C. conservation officers have recommended charges against them

The BC Conservation Officer Service has recommended charges against a Lower Mainland man for feeding wildlife. (Courtesy of the National Park Service)
One of the Elk River Alliance’s five new interpretive signs aimed at improving Elk River health and environmental literacy. The sign at Annex Pond is labelled ‘Managing Your Stormwater Pollution’. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

New ERA signs in Fernie aim to increase Elk River health, environmental literacy

New signs have been posted by the Elk River Alliance in collaboration with the Ktunaxa Nation

One of the Elk River Alliance’s five new interpretive signs aimed at improving Elk River health and environmental literacy. The sign at Annex Pond is labelled ‘Managing Your Stormwater Pollution’. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bear encounter near What’s Up Doc trail in Fernie leaves dog with injuries

The dog is healing, and the trail is closed for five days

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.

RDEK sends Galloway Lands proposal to public hearing in dramatic turnaround

The Regional District of East Kootenay directors had recommended the night before not to proceed

Kimberley mayor Don McCormick defended the Galloway Lands proposal going to public hearing at a May 13, 2022, RDEK board of directors meeting. The motions to send the two bylaw amendments forward passed 9-6.
Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.

RDEK planning committee recommends Galloway Lands proposal not proceed

After a gruelling meeting, the Regional District of East Kootenay recommended 9-6 to not proceed

Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the Galloway Lands development proponent, presents to the Regional District of East Kootenay Planning and Development Services Committee on May 12, 2022, in favour of his proposed bylaw amendments proceeding. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the proposal not proceed.
Dandelions growing at the Community EcoGarden in Fernie. Wildsight Elk Valley is promoting No Mow May for the third year in 2022. (Photo by Mary Cosman)

Wildsight challenges people not to mow their lawns this May for the bees

The challenge is meant to give bees more pollenation options through the spring

Dandelions growing at the Community EcoGarden in Fernie. Wildsight Elk Valley is promoting No Mow May for the third year in 2022. (Photo by Mary Cosman)
The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.

RDEK to hear delegates, make recommendation on Galloway Lands today

The RDEK will be hearing 14 delegates on the issue, and make their recommendation for the board

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal.
Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

77 young bears killed in 2021, sparking complaint from animal rights group

Group argues B.C. Conservation euthanized some bears when no clear threat to public existed

Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Elkford Rod and Gun Club is putting on their second fundraiser raffle in May 2022 and two of the prizes are helicopter rides. The photo was posted to the club’s Facebook page with part of the caption reading: “A huge shout out to Ascent Helicopters in supporting our fundraising efforts once again this year!” (Courtesy of Dylan Forsyth)

Elkford Rod and Gun Club has second raffle fundraiser, prizes include helicopter rides

Money raised is planned to go towards organizational costs and conservation-related causes

The Elkford Rod and Gun Club is putting on their second fundraiser raffle in May 2022 and two of the prizes are helicopter rides. The photo was posted to the club’s Facebook page with part of the caption reading: “A huge shout out to Ascent Helicopters in supporting our fundraising efforts once again this year!” (Courtesy of Dylan Forsyth)
An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro falling short on environmental obligations, conservation group claims

BC Wildlife Federation calls for auditor general to examine electric company

An upstream view of BC Hydro’s Strathcona Dam. The company is under fire from the BC Wildlife Federation, which says BC Hydro isn’t meeting its environmental compensation requirements. (BC Hydro photo)
A new 30-metre wide opening in the Fraser River’s North Arm Jetty allows juvenile Chinook salmon to reach a vital estuary for the first time in more than 100 years. (Photo by Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)

Juvenile salmon gain access to crucial B.C. habitat for first time in 100 years

New opening in Fraser River jetty allows for slow transition from fresh to salt water

A new 30-metre wide opening in the Fraser River’s North Arm Jetty allows juvenile Chinook salmon to reach a vital estuary for the first time in more than 100 years. (Photo by Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
Dan Simmons shows off an award he received from the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. for his efforts to conserve cow moose. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Cow Moose Sign founder honoured for efforts to conserve B.C. moose population

Williams Lake’s Dan Simmons continues to push government to stop issuing all LEH tags for cow moose

Dan Simmons shows off an award he received from the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. for his efforts to conserve cow moose. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
(Photo - Conservation Officer Service - Facebook)

Charges possible for attempting to sell threatened turtle in Kelowna

The turtle was taken back to the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops

(Photo - Conservation Officer Service - Facebook)
Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Predator attack scenarios prepare B.C. conservation officers for real-life calls

Attacks ‘extremely rare’ but officers need to be prepared, says CO during training in Chilliwack

Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Waterways around Teck’s Fording River operations are affected by mining activity, with mining contributing to the decline of Westslope Cutthroat Trout between 2017-2019. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Report doesn’t let Teck off the hook: Wildsight

A report on the decline of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the upper Fording River didn’t address selenium enough according to Wildsight

Waterways around Teck’s Fording River operations are affected by mining activity, with mining contributing to the decline of Westslope Cutthroat Trout between 2017-2019. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk River Alliance held a webinar on Jan. 27, 2022, to discuss 2020 results of their watershed monitoring program.
The Elk River Alliance held a webinar on Jan. 27, 2022, to discuss 2020 results of their watershed monitoring program.
(Canadian Press)

Interior Fraser steelhead face extinction, warn B.C. fishing, conservation groups

15 groups, including the BC Wildlife Federation, say species must be declared species at risk

(Canadian Press)