Land protection in some of Canada’s most threatened terrestrial habitats

Land protection in some of Canada’s most threatened terrestrial habitats

Raincoast established the Forest Conservation Program (formerly known as the Gulf Islands Forest Project) in 2019 with the intention of exploring pathways to strengthen protection of the rare and threatened habitats characteristic to the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone, particularly on the Gulf Islands. However, land in this region is disproportionately under private ownership, unlike the…

New research proves that nutrients from the sea can increase terrestrial plant growth and reproduction

New research proves that nutrients from the sea can increase terrestrial plant growth and reproduction

The relationship between terrestrial and marine environments within an ecosystem is essential. Newly published research from Simon Fraser University shows that salmon and marine plants increase both growth and reproduction in terrestrial plants. The findings, “Experimental addition of marine-derived nutrients affects wildflower traits in a coastal meta-ecosystem,” published in Royal Society Open Science show that…

Meet Auston Chhor, Raincoast’s new Wild Salmon Governance and Policy Analyst

Meet Auston Chhor, Raincoast’s new Wild Salmon Governance and Policy Analyst

Auston Chhor has joined our growing Wild Salmon Program team as a Governance and Policy Analyst. He will focus on addressing the myriad of threats facing salmon habitats in the Lower Fraser River by progressing governance frameworks, policies, funding structures, and field research initiatives. Auston has a BSc in Biology from Queen’s University and a…

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Multiple practitioners working under the umbrella of the Maxwell Creek Watershed Project (MCWP or “the Project”) have contributed to this third instalment of the Field Files series, a photo essay illustrating the important role spatial data and mapping plays in establishing landscape-wide restoration projects. All maps were made by Nicholas Courtier, who also assisted with…