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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.

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.

Aug 13 15

SOSNPN welcomes Province’s paper on protection of the endangered South Okanagan-Similkameen
Kaleden – Today the Ministry of Environment released a paper that considers creating additional protection of the South Okanagan-Similkameen region, including a national park component. “We are pleased to see that the Province is moving forward with much-needed protection for this region. It is clear that the government has heard the voice of the vast majority of locals that support the creation of a National Park” said Doreen Olson, Coordinator of the South Okanagan- Similkameen National Park Network. “We welcome the opportunity to comment on the intentions paper, and urge all BC citizens to do the same.”

Aug 12 15

More participants withdraw from flawed Kinder Morgan pipeline review process
Two environmental organizations and 33 individuals join experts in withdrawing from the National Energy Board

Jul 23 15

Fourth Annual Flathead BioBlitz Aims to Catalogue Species

Fernie, B.C. -- Fourteen scientists will gather Friday in B.C.’s Flathead and Elk valleys for a BioBlitz on three undeveloped parcels of land belonging to Teck Resources Ltd.

Teck purchased the land for conservation in October 2013, for $19 million. One parcel is the former Flathead Townsite, a 1,000-hectare section along the Flathead River that is important for bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears and birds. The comany also bought two 3,000-hectare parcels at Alexander Creek and Grave Prairie in the adjoining Elk Valley.


Jul 13 15

BC’s Parks Remain at Risk: CPAWS Report
In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada’s Parks Day, CPAWS is calling Canada out for falling behind most other countries in meeting its international commitment to protect at least 17% of its land and fresh water by 2020 in well-managed, ecologically representative and well-connected protected areas.

Jul 10 15

Parks Day Celebrated with Lighting of Sails at Canada Place and Free Activities Across B.C.
Canada has one of the oldest and most extensive parks systems in the world, and on July 18th, thousands of Canadians will be celebrating the nationally recognized Parks Day. In British Columbia, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be hosting free, fun, family-oriented activities across the province to engage and educate the public on the importance of parks and protected areas. As well, the Sails of Light at Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place will be lit green in honour of the event.

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