Moon Willow Press, which runs BC Rainforest, is working on a special project, named The Enchanted Rainforest, to culminate in 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… Read more »
The holiday tree: real vs. artificial?
Christmas tree tradition goes back a long way and originated in ancient times when people decorated their homes with evergreen boughs. This decoration was ornamental, and, depending on culture, also kept away witches and malevolent spirits. Evergreen boughs symbolized continued life throughout the year; for instance, ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun god Ra who they… Read more »
Art for Unis’tot’en Camp
Reposted from eco-fiction.com’s running blog. My last couple blog posts reflected thoughts when running in the normal rainy storm season of the lower mainland, but the last couple days ushered in a cold arctic ridge of high pressure that has brought in chilly northeasterly outflow winds and cold blue skies with pure sunshine. This morning… Read more »
Beautiful reminder of the rainforest
Beautiful images of the Great Bear Rainforest, with music, capture the essence this magical place that is under increased threat by oil, gas, and logging industries. The video is made by Devin Graham, in partnership with Desitnation BC. Featured image licensed for use by Can Stock Photo.
Interview with Jennifer Harrington, author of children’s story ‘Spirit Bear’
Mary Woodbury of Eco-fiction.com and BCRainforest.com interviewed Jennifer Harrington, author of Spirit Bear, a wonderful children’s book published by Eco Books 4 Kids. Eco Books 4 Kids writes and illustrates books that introduce children to interesting stories based upon our natural environment. The publisher also offers teacher’s instructional resources. Their newest book, Spirit Bear, celebrates… Read more »
Banner year for sockeye return to the Fraser?
CBC lists some great places to view salmon this year as they head back to the Fraser to spawn: Steveston docks and Garry Pt. Park, Richmond Ladner Harbour Park, Ladner Westminster Quay, New Westminster Island 22 Park and Peg Leg Bar, Chilliwack, Adams River at Shuswap Lake Sources say that sockeye runs have been high… Read more »
BC Supreme Court rules “free” water license for fracking
According to the Wilderness Committee, the Supreme Court of BC has ruled that the oil and gas industry, as well as other industries, do not require a water license for long-term access to the province’s freshwater resources. The article cites Ecojustice staff lawyer, Morgan Blakely, as saying, “Our clients are disappointed with this outcome, but… Read more »
The Pristine Coast examines BC fish farming history
Having worked with a non-profit for the Fraser before, which called for the end of fish farming in open-net waters where wild salmon live, I know the dangers. Please share this upcoming film: From the Straight.com: Biologist and indefatigable fish-farm gadfly Alexandra Morton features prominently in this reasonable and cogent examination of the four-decade history… Read more »
People’s Climate March, September 21
From NYC People’s Climate March: In September, world leaders are going to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll… Read more »
Trip to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
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… Read more »
1.3 billions of gallons of mining waste flows into waterways
According to Think Progress, a tailings pond leak near Mount Polley copper and gold mine was breached, spilling 1.3 billion gallons of slurry into nearby waterways. Tailings ponds hold a mix of water, minerals, and chemicals, forming “mining waste”. Included in the chemicals are arsenic, mercury, and sulfur. The immediate gush was into Hazeltine Creek… Read more »