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The wilderness and all that dwells therein
Common Garter snake
Fairyslipper or Calypso Orchid.
Canada opts not to block international trade in 76 endangered species
"For Canada to opt out of its obligations under CITES for every single species that was listed, when we don't even have a commercial interest in the species, it has no logical explanation as far as anyone can tell."Dec 10, 2014.
Nineteen year battle over Great Bear Rainforest on brink of peace as momentous deadline approaches
The last crucial step from negotiation to implementation and legislation. Oct 22nd, 2014.
Biologist Pokes Holes in BC's Wolf Killing Plan
It's too vague on poison use and doesn't factor in ecosystem complexity, says Bob Hayes.
B.C. Grizzly Hunt Bolstered By Spurious Science
Overkills are a serious concern.
Update on the endangered badger - 2013
Fewer than 200 remaining in Ontario and an estimated 350 in B.C.
Moose die-off mystery tackled with high-tech tracking
B.C. government program will collar 240 moose in the Central Interior to find where and why they die.
WILD CHILCOTIN IN 2004 [Feb. 2006: Farwell Canyon bridge fire]:
The mud falls and dams the river
close to the level of the bridge
Air & Fire: The wind-driven fires of the Chilcotin[ 2006 Chilcotin Fires ]
THE 2004 FIRE
The fire-fighting efforts are concentrated in the Atnarko Trench; yesterday the smoke was so bad that nothing could be done but today there are four helicopters and one water bomber that are going in there, plus some cat work. It's a very difficult area with steep cliffs. Don and Phyllis Irwin's cabins (The Dean on Nimpo) at Little Charlotte are in imminent danger, as are all the homes on Charlotte Lake. - Rosemary Neads
Photos Rosemary Neads
John Edwards, Chris Czajkowski
One of the tragic consequences of the fire was the destruction of Ralph Edwards' homestead.
"The last stand at Lonesome Lake began yesterday for John Edwards, 77, when he trekked back to the isolated homestead his family has occupied for nearly 100 years in northwestern British Columbia. Far beyond the end of the last road, in a remote valley filled with smoke, with a forest fire roaring so loud it wakes him at night, Mr. Edwards has returned to the wilderness to be with the animals he loves until the last moment." - Globe & Mail, July 24, 2004.
That "last moment" came the following day. The photo shows how complete the destruction was. In October John returned to participate in the rebuilding of his home. His sister Trudy, has written her own perspective of the fire.
A few days later it was the turn of Chris Czajkowski, living at Nuk Tessli, her self-built wilderness "resort". In her words:
Nature can wreak havoc but when people do it unnecessarily, it becomes wilderness abuse. Backyard Birds: 57 BC Interior birds
For the love of bees and butterflies: Helping them in your back yard
BC Plants Database: E-Flora BC - Database Search Page
BC Species & Ecosystems Explorer: Plants & Animals
Birding in BC: News, articles, events, forum, photos, links
Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society: Environmental preservation and education
Cariboo Badger Project: Study and protection.
Grasslands Conservation Council of BC: Education and communication.
Friends of Churn Creek: Environmental education for youth and adults
Scout Island Nature Centre: in the heart of the city of Williams Lake
Tree Book: Learning to recognize trees of British Columbia. Free download, or order for $6.
Wildlife Health: BC Ministry of Environment
Wild Cariboo Backyard Plants
Williams Lake Field Naturalists
The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness ~ John Muir
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