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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.

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.

Jun 26 15

Proposed Hecate Strait Marine Protected Area regulations too weak: CPAWS
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes progress on a new marine protected area for rare glass sponge reefs in northern B.C.’s Hecate Strait but has concerns that draft regulations posted this week will not do enough to save them. Fisheries and Oceans Canada posted draft Hecate Strait MPA regulations on June 27th to the Canada Gazette. They allow for some fishing activities including bottom trawling to continue around the reefs, and other types of fishing to continue above them. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proposing to allow these activities to continue while they conduct monitoring and research. Cable laying within the MPA is also being allowed under the regulations.

Jun 05 15

Conservation groups welcome protection for Strait of Georgia’s unique glass sponge reefs
Vancouver, BC – 5 June 2015 – Local and national conservation groups are welcoming today’s announcement by the federal government of fishing closures for the Strait of Georgia’s glass sponge reefs – a global treasure found nowhere else in the world. “For more than six years the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has been leading a concerted effort to convince Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to protect these reefs. They are a global treasure found nowhere else in the world. The reefs are thousands of years old and they are incredibly fragile,” said Sabine Jessen, National Oceans Program Director at CPAWS.

Jun 01 15

New CPAWS report underlines weaknesses in British Columbia’s marine protected areas
In its annual report released today on Canada’s progress in protecting its ocean, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has found that the regulations and policies governing existing marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often weak or confusing. “It is worrying that human activities known to harm ocean ecosystems are permitted in any of Canada’s marine protected areas. Yet they are, including in British Columbia, and these activities include oil and gas exploration, shipping, large-scale commercial and recreational fishing, and dredging and dumping,” says Sabine Jessen, CPAWS National Oceans Program Manager.

Apr 27 15

Marine Planning Partnership heralds new wave of ocean management in British Columbia
Today the BC Government and 18 coastal First Nations came together to sign the world-leading Marine Use Plans for the Pacific North Coast region of BC. This region includes Haida Gwaii, North Vancouver Island, the Central Coast, and the North Coast. “CPAWS sees the endorsement of the plans as heralding a new wave in ocean management and marine conservation in Canada, starting right here in British Columbia,” said Sabine Jessen, National Oceans Program Director at CPAWS.

Apr 08 15

Local support for national park in South Okanagan-Similkameen grows to over 3:1 in favour

New public opinion poll reveals strong and growing support across the region

Osoyoos, BC.-- An independent poll showing wide-spread and growing local support for the proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen national park was released this morning by the South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network. During the 5-year period since an identical telephone survey was last conducted, the poll found local support for the park increased significantly from 2:1 in favour to over 3:1, and opposition to the national park had reduced markedly to just 21% opposed.

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