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Conservation update


Why 2020 was not all bad…

Eagle flies high up in the air.

Published on 2020.12.28 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

Before 2020 closes, please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support that has enabled our success…

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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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The home stretch to protect the Kitlope’s coastal carnivores

Howling wolf

Published on 2020.10.22 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in Conservation update

Two generous donors have confirmed that they will step up to match half of the funds needed to get us to our final goal of $650,000. Now, the impact of every dollar you donate is doubled…

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Federal Minister presses pause on Terminal 2

Misty MacDuffee in the Fraser Estuary

Published on 2020.09.16 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

In a six page letter (PDF) to the CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada’s minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, requested more information from the Port to assess the effectiveness of mitigation efforts in the proposed expansion of Terminal 2 on Roberts Bank. Wikinson’s letter conveyed the panel’s conclusion about likely adverse effects to fish, fish habitat and other at-risk species if Terminal 2 proceeds…

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Big tree hunting on Salt Spring Island

Shauna Doll looks up while she big tree hunting on Salts Spring.

Published on 2020.09.01 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update

Earlier this month I spent two beautiful days on the coast of the Salish Sea, hunting for big trees. I was fortunate to join a research group of passionate “tree people” including Dr. Tara Martin, head of the Conservation Decisions Lab in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC; her Research Assistant, Cassandra Holt; Tony MacLeod from the Salt Spring Conservancy, and Jeff Shatford from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to measure some of the tallest trees on Salt Spring Island…

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Terminal 2 expansion threatens the Fraser estuary

Terminal 2 at the end of a long causeway, with Vancouver Island in the distance.

Published on 2020.05.27 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Dave Scott, Research and Restoration Coordinator for the Lower Fraser Salmon Program | in Conservation update

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal beside the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, putting further stress on an estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its natural habitat…

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It’s time to take action for wolves in British Columbia

Takaya/Staqeya stands on Discovery Island.

Published on 2020.04.07 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

BC’s wolves are killed through a variety of means, most of which are gratuitous, inhumane and unethical. These include legal hunting and trapping, as well as government sanctioned culling, the latter using such techniques as aerial gunning and neck snares…

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