Protecting wildlife can sustain our future, too

It rarely pays to put short-term interests ahead of long-term goals

By Misty MacDuffee, Chris Darimont and Chris Genovali, Times Colonist April 20, 2012

As Earth Day approaches, our thoughts turn to two of the most iconic species in British Columbia, wild salmon and grizzly bears, as well as their intertwined relationship and how the choices we make are inextricably linked to their fates.

Despite the knowledge that many species depend on salmon, humans have never managed fisheries with wildlife in mind. A salmon can enter a fishing net or the mouth of a grizzly bear, but can we manage for the interests of both?

In an article published in the scientific journal PLoS Biology, researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of California Santa Cruz suggest that allowing more salmon to spawn in coastal streams can often benefit grizzly bears, other ecosystem recipients and salmon fisheries in the long term – a scenario that serves ecosystems and humans.

To read the full article please visit the Victoria Times Colonist website.

Help us protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, we are raising funds to purchase and permanently protect a 45 acre forested property on the edge of the Salish Sea. The KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is located within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Canada. It is also among the most threatened in Canada. Protecting these forests is an investment in our collective future.

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