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Conservation update


Welcome to Pender Island, where the destruction of a globally rare ecosystem is ongoing

A backhoe works on a cutblock on Pender Island, with remaining trees and smoke scattered around the edge.

Published on 2021.04.20 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

The Islands Trust was created to protect the unique ecosystems of BC’s Gulf Islands, without being given the authority to do so. But rather than protecting the ­environment from potentially harmful human activities, the Islands Trust is now protecting human activities that harm the environment.

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Islands 2050: What will the Gulf Islands look like in 25 years?

A cutblock with a stack of logs from Salt Spring Island, in the Gulf Islands.

Published on 2021.04.13 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

The preservation and protection of BC’s Gulf Islands “for the benefit of residents of the trust area and of the province generally” has been charged to the Islands Trust. However, recent decision-making has demonstrated that a majority of Local Trustee’s are focusing on different priorities. In February, Raincoast submitted feedback as part of a public engagement process seeking input on the Islands Trust Policy Statement in two areas: climate change and affordable housing within the Islands Trust area.

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No comprehensive strategy to protect ancient forests in BC

A giant ancient stump stands in the foreground and a barren cutblock lies behind it.

Published on 2021.04.01 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

Shauna Doll, Raincoast Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator, submitted a letter to The Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO), and The Honourable Nathan Cullen, Minister of State for Lands and Natural Resource Operations on March 30th.

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You did it: 13 acres in 3 months!

Wetland at the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest with the sun in the background.

Published on 2021.02.17 | by Shauna Doll & Erin O’Brien | in Conservation update

We are excited to announce that together with the Pender Islands Conservancy, we have raised the funds required to purchase and permanently protect S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest on North Pender Island…

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Permanent protection of S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest now within reach!

Shauna Doll looking up at a large Douglas-Fir tree.

Published on 2021.02.08 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

In November, when Raincoast teamed up with the Pender Islands Conservancy to purchase 13-acres of Coastal Douglas Fir forest on S,DÁYES, North Pender Island, we were given 6-months to raise the required funds. Now, less than three months later, and thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we are only $4,018 away from reaching our goal…

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The home stretch to permanently protect S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

Misty MacDuffee and Chris Genovali looking up at a very large cedar tree in a cedar grove.

Published on 2021.01.18 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update

It was in late November when we launched our initiative to purchase and permanently protect the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest. We determined the sale price and set our goal to raise $395,000 by April. Now, less than 2 months into our 6 month fundraising campaign, we are less than $20,000 away from meeting our target…

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All we want for Christmas is an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree

A Flycatcher sits on top of a tree surrounded by snow, wearing a Santa hat.

Published on 2020.12.23 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update

With the end of 2020 approaching, we need your help in providing BC’s Coastal Douglas-fir forests with a holiday gift that we can all celebrate…

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Explore S’DÁYES Flycatcher Forest: Webinar, video and fundraising update

Ariel view of S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

Published on 2020.12.10 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update, Raincoast updates

On December 1st, Raincoast and Pender Islands Conservancy announced a match funding campaign in support of protecting S’DÁYES Flycatcher Forest on North Pender Island: we will be gifted $50,000 if we can raise the same amount with individual donations.  We are now only $12,000 away from unlocking this $50,000! Can you help bring us to […]

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Help permanently protect the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest this December

A small fern sits in the dark wet lush forest of the Flycatcher Forest.

Published on 2020.12.01 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update

One week into the fundraising campaign for the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest initiative, the Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast Conservation Foundation have collectively raised over $62,000 in donations…

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Report: Legal Measures to Protect the Gulf Islands Coastal Douglas-fir Zone

Cover of the Environmental Law report from UVic (ELC) floating over a photo of a tree stump.

Published on 2020.11.24 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

A review from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Environmental Law Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria shows that much more needs to be done to protect this important zone, particularly in the Gulf Islands.

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Announcing Raincoast’s newest conservation initiative

A tiny songbird rests for a moment on a root at S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest.

Published on | by Chris Genovali, Misty MacDuffee, & Shauna Doll | in Conservation update

In partnership with the Pender Islands Conservancy, we need to raise $395,000 to purchase a 13 acre property on North Pender Island…

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Announcing success with the Kitlope

Mapleleaf sits in a green stretch of water surrounded by rivers and mountains of the Kitlope Conservancy.

Published on 2020.10.28 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

We have now raised the funds required to buy the Kitlope hunting tenure. You’ve helped us to permanently end commercial trophy hunting in the spectacular Kitlope Conservancy and surrounding area. We owe a huge thanks to you, all of our donors, and everyone who has helped us to raise the $650,000 required…

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