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Old-Growth Strategic Review – Feedback – Get Involved

It’s been a while since I last posted! I’ve been making my grandson a quilt for his 18th birthday. While sewing like the wind, my thoughts go back to all the fond memories I have from his early years. I’ve had the privilege to watch him grow into the wonderful young man he is today.…

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Dr. Dave Preikshot – Cowichan Watershed Board’s monthly speaker series.

Last Thursday evening, Dr. Dave Preikshot was the first presenter of the season in the Cowichan Watershed Board’s monthly speaker series. In a world of sound bites and info snippets, these opportunities to hear an expert share knowledge and expertise so generously provide much needed current, accurate information and context. In our work over the…

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Road Trip Planning

When I go on a trip, I plan my itinerary, check for road closures, fill the tank with gas, pack my bags and ask my neighbours to bring in my mail. Then I get in the car and go! Mosaic had two open houses. The one where they were proposing to build a by-pass road.…

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From Pam Jorgenson at Mosaic:

From Pam Jorgenson at Mosaic: Hi again, I wanted to let everyone know that Mosaic will be continuing the studies commenced in the summer, in which geotechnical crews conduct detailed terrain stability assessments of the hillside around Youbou. Estimated start date for activity is the last week of October. As before, the crew will be…

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Cowichan Watershed Board meeting on September 30th, 2019

Jim and I attended the latest Cowichan Watershed Board meeting on September 30. The Watershed Board “exists to provide leadership for sustainable water management and to protect and enhance environmental quality and the quality of life in the Cowichan watershed and adjoining areas.” The Board is co-chaired by the Chief of Cowichan Tribes First Nation,…

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Our thanks to Cowichan Tribes and the Cowichan Stewardship Round Table

In my experience, the Cowichan Stewardship Round Table is a wonderful example of the term “brain trust”. But don’t take my word for it; I encourage you to come to their monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month (with the sometimes exception of July and August) from 9 am to 12 noon at…

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The Cowichan River: loving and logging it to death

September 28 is River Day. The Cowichan River needs our help. Please read and share this article. Article and photography by: Stephen Hume – September 6 Focus on Victoria Read the Full Article Here Excerpt: The logic of a watershed, including development and forestry’s role in its demise, is playing out sadly in the Cowichan…

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UBO Remembered – in 1955.

From “UBO Remembered”, a history of our community from the early 1900’s onward, this picture of a slide in 1955. Of the over 400 slides that have occurred in 70 years as documented in the CVRD’s Geo-Hazard Report, this was truly a devastating one. Those who think slides were “mischaracterized” or that the report would…

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Quw’utsun Cowichan Heritage River Day Celebration

We will have a table at this event! So excited to be a part of this celebration. Quw’utsun Cowichan Heritage River Day Celebration Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm Gather at 222 Cowichan Way, old VIU site near Superstore in Duncan. A short walk to a river site on Cowichan Tribes’ land. Free…

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Patagioenas Fasciata

Dave sent a few pictures to me. The one on the left is a picture of a banded tail pigeon. “The Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) is similar to the familiar Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), but has a faster, more direct flight, white crescent on the back of the head, and a dark tail with a…

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Global Climate Strike – 20-27, 2019

This is not a drill. The climate emergency is already here. Please stand with the young strikers as they fight for their future and the future of our planet! JOIN US IN FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE It’s going to take all of us to end the age of fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis.…

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No Blue, No Green, No Water, No Life.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks canning. It feels so good to take the fruits of the earth and preserve them for the gloomy winter days when a taste of sunshine can brighten up your whole day. The peaches and crab apples and tomatoes will keep for just one year. But as I wait…

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On a recent hike, I noticed this sign.

On a recent hike, I noticed this sign. I wondered if that meant it was somehow protected by the same regulatory framework as “community watersheds” are on Crown lands. Since it was posted by the Regional Health Authority, I have requested that the Minister of Health clarify this designation and let us know what we…

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A friend and defender of the Cowichan River.

Joe Saysell, a friend and defender of the Cowichan River wrote this letter. His knowledge and love of the river is strong. Please read and share widely. June 30, 2019 Mr. Doug Donaldson, Minister Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 2L8 Dear Sir: I am once again writing…

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Charred forests not growing back as expected in Pacific Northwest, researchers say.

Domenico Iannidinardo wondered why I was concerned so much about logging, when we met with him last summer. At the time, I said I was worried about the time between logging and the time that the trees grew back. Well, this article has given me cause to worry, because, it appears, they might not be…

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