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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS bc. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Jun 01 16

North America is failing to make a splash on ocean conservation
In the first joint conservation assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) finds Canada and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national targets to protect at least 10% of the continental ocean estate.

May 30 16

Province Confirms Massive Local Support for National Park in South Okanagan
The B.C. Ministry of Environment recently released a report confirming strong support for additional protection in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, including the creation of a new national park reserve. The report summarizes 3,460 responses to a proposal for new protected areas in the region, circulated between August and October 2015. The South Okanagan – Similkameen National Park Network (SOSNPN) gathered over 500 of these responses, including at local events such as Oliver’s Festival of the Grape.

May 13 16

BC Government Opens up Provincial Park to Allow Pipeline Expansion
The BC Government passed legislation that changes the boundaries of Finn Creek Provincial Park to allow the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain oil pipeline to pass through it, despite earlier statements indicating that the proposal does not meet conditions for approval. The park, located on the North Thompson River, protects important spawning habitat for bull trout, Coho and Chinook salmon, and supports grizzly bear and moose populations. This is the first of four provincial parks that Kinder Morgan has requested be opened up to accommodate the pipeline.

Mar 17 16

Proposed additions to BC Parks system welcomed, need additional funding
Vancouver -- CPAWS-BC welcomes a new Bill tabled yesterday in the B.C. legislature which will add more than 11,700 hectares of lands and ocean to the province’s protected areas system, including a new Class A park in the northern interior and a rare glass sponge reef near Vancouver. There is much to be celebrated in this proposal, however concerns remain over the ongoing funding crisis for BC Parks and the need for the federal government to add protection measures for the globally unique glass sponge reefs

Feb 22 16

The Obama-Trudeau Dinner: Putting Conservation on the Menu

On March 10, President Obama will hold a State Dinner at the White House for Prime Minister Trudeau, the first time such an event has been held for a Canadian leader in 19 years. In an open letter issued today, conservation groups from both sides of the border are calling on the leaders to use this opportunity to discuss the protection of the Flathead River Valley in southeast British Columbia.

"Saving the Flathead is the single greatest opportunity for US-Canada conservation cooperation today, and I hope our leaders use this event to discuss how to accomplish this once and for all," said Peter Wood of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Feb 03 16

Historic agreement reached for B.C.‘s Great Bear Rainforest
On Monday, Coastal First Nations and the B.C. government announced a landmark agreement for the Great Bear Rainforest, covering 6.4 million hectares of B.C.’s mid coast and increasing areas off-limits to logging to 85%. The agreement, two decades in the making, is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between First Nations, government, environmental groups, and industry, and introduces a number of newly protected areas to the B.C. land base.

Dec 14 15

British Columbia’s boreal woodland caribou at continued risk: CPAWS Report
Vancouver, BC – In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been very limited progress in B.C. and spotted progress elsewhere in Canada, with too few jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that has long graced our 25-cent coins.

Oct 16 15

North America’s Largest Environmental Film Festival Lands in Vancouver
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in the star-studded planetarium done at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Wednesday October 28th. This will be the first time the festival will be screening in Vancouver.

Sep 16 15

Federal election 2015 – vote for nature!
On October 19th, Canadians will elect the next federal government. Elections are a key opportunity to encourage politicians to take action on conservation. The reason is simple: 90% of Canada’s land and 100% of our oceans are publicly owned. This means our politicians make the decisions on how this land and ocean is used.

Sep 04 15

Conservationists Celebrate Expanded Protection for the Castle
Fernie, British Columbia - After a 40-year-long struggle between advocacy groups and the government, the Alberta Government has announced that it will expand protection in the Castle wilderness area along the BC Alberta border. Just north of Waterton National Park, the protected area will conserve roughly 1020 km2 of one of the most biologically rich and diverse landscapes in the country. Along with providing critical habitat for grizzly bears, wolverine and west-slope cutthroat trout, the area also acts as a water tower for southern Alberta.

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