Category : Exploration and discovery

New studies and deep travel

I recently spent a few days up in beautiful, isolated northern-central BC, near Bella Coola, the “gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest”. My husband and I, and our moms, spent time enjoying the sights along the Atnarko River and the forests, including a trek back to see the Nuxalkmc petroglpyhs. This journey will be further explored in a book and …

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Moon Willow Press, which runs BC Rainforest, is working on a special project, named The Enchanted Rainforest, to culminate in 2015-2016. This rainforest project will celebrate the Pacific Northwest Temperate Rainforest with a video/school project, printed book, and e-book and will include information from our Great Bear Rainforest Series as well as contributor quotes and stories. You are invited to …

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Spirit of the Coast is a three-month canoe paddle that began this past Sunday in Fort Langley and will end in Alaska. The trip, led by wilderness guide Chris Cooper, will encompass 1,300km up through BC in order to raise awareness of the beautiful coast. The trip is not about a protest, but about celebration. According to Cooper: Spirit of …

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This is a fun post, but in all seriousness, recent hikes on the west coast of Vancouver Island proved wonderfully amazing. On the way from the ferry to Tofino, we walked around Cathedral Grove, which is a forest of giant trees, the largest being 800 years old. We came across a nurse log, which is a fallen tree that aids …

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I have written a lot about the northern Pacific temperate rainforest, of which the Great Bear is a part. You can read my series here. But I am relatively new to Canada, having grown up in the United States (South and Midwest). I had known from a young age that the far northern coast of western Canada, before you hit …

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Here’s some interesting news of late: The San Francisco Gate recently blogged on how to get close to wildlife in British Columbia, citing one way is to kayak around Blunden Harbour, where the paddler can watch salmon, bald eagles, and seagulls. This scene is backdropped by the rainforest’s spruces and cedars. Earlier this year, stakeholders agreed on a plan to …

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Marble Canyon–its precise location kept secret for now–is an archeological site in the Kootenay Canyon where scientists are unearthing dozens of fossilized arthropods, to the tune of 50 fossils in just 15 days of exploration. The site, discovered in 2012 by Canadian, U.S., and Swedish researchers, is not too far from the Burgess Shale site, also a large and important …

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Late this summer, as part of my press’s ongoing education about the rainforest, we’ll be heading up to Bella Coola to the BC Mountain Lodge, with family and friends, to do some filming and photography for an upcoming short film and book that will celebrate this enchanted rainforest and preserve it in our (and your!) libraries. With threats of oil …

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I’d like to share our most recent newsletter, from Moon Willow Press: Evergreen: Saving our Rainforest Yes, we are looking for people to share in an adventure! Yesterday, Canada and the rest of the world learned the outcome of months and months of Canadians bearing witness and bringing scientific and environmental concerns about the proposed Northern Gateway twin pipeline project …

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In the last few years I’ve been very much into making my own gifts rather than being the wonderful consumer that corporations want me to be. I feel that gifts shouldn’t have to cost money to be meaningful, shouldn’t contain much plastic to be meaningful, and, if made with my own hands, would mean more than if not. What kinds …

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