News & Updates

Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices – CBCNews

Forest companies get to determine if the benefits are greater than the risks when harvesting. The government gets to stand by and watch while clear cut logging creates floods. In the community of Youbou, damaging slides can increase up to 10 fold by these logging practices. When Mosaic says they have “no plans to log” above…

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The Year Ahead…

At this time of the year and this time in the life of our planet, many are seeking hope. They look to mentors and heroes for wisdom and inspiration. Nelson Mandela is that person for me: “It is music and dancing that makes me feel at peace with the world and with myself.” May you…

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A Sierra Club BC Report On The Future Of Forests In British Columbia.

Clear cutting is not sustainable; not economically and not ecologically. CLEARCUT CARBON A Sierra Club BC Report On The Future Of Forests In British Columbia Jens Wieting, Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner, with mapping analysis by David Leversee In our latest report, we’ve found that ending clearcutting of forests is as important for B.C. climate…

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The Great Bear loophole: why old growth is still logged in B.C.’s iconic protected rainforest

Please read and then give the BC government your opinion about logging old growth. The Great Bear loophole: why old growth is still logged in B.C.’s iconic protected rainforest By: Ben Parfitt – Nov 29, 2019 – thenarwhal.ca Despite new ‘ecosystem-based’ rules to limit forestry, logging companies continue to find ways to harvest the largest…

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Long-term damage from logging hits ability of Canada’s forests to regenerate.

I recently posted that forests are throwing us a life line in the climate emergency. This article tells us that forests need our help so that they can help us! Long-term damage from logging hits ability of Canada’s forests to regenerate By: The Guardian Aerial photography shows scarring left by logging operations – the vestigial…

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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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