Recent development

The Search for Spotted Owls and Private Power in the Lower Fraser

I was recently contracted by the Wilderness Committee to take their ancient beast of a truck out into the field to investigate logging and IPP (Run of River Hydro) developments in areas managed for the protection of the most endangered animal in Canada, the spotted owl.

South Fraser Witness Trail gets off to wet start

It was pouring rain on Saturday morning as I set out to start the Wilderness Committee’s first transit-accessible trail, the South Fraser Witness Trail below Surrey’s Fraser Heights neighb

Wilderness Committee Staffer Wins It BIG at the David Brower Youth Awards

I have just returned from sunny and hot California where Wilderness Committee Manitoba staff member Robin Bryan won an international award for his successful efforts to protect Manitoba Parks from government-sanctioned clearcut logging.

Selinger needs to keep road out of Grass River Park

Letter issued October 27, 2009 as a final appeal

Today, Manitoba Wildlands and the Wilderness Committee are sending their final appeals of the recent environment license that bisects Grass River Provincial Park with a logging road. The license was issued to Tolko Industries mere months after logging was supposedly banned in Grass River Park. The earlier formal appeals, filed in September, were denied by Conservation Minister Stan Struthers without explanation. The two environmental organizations are appealing to Premier Selinger to review this decision, and decide whether a logging road is a logging development, and whether the woodland caribou in this park deserve protection.

It's October and We're Still Doing Trail Work in Clayoquot!

Staff and volunteers at the office keep asking me “will the trail season ever end this year?” to which I answer “not as long as this weather holds!” Clayoquot trail maintenance can be a mighty damp affair in October.

Wilderness Committee Attends Massive Wild Salmon Rally at Vancouver Art Gallery

On Saturday, Oct. 3rd the Wilderness Committee attended a large wild salmon rally organized by the new citizens group the Wild Salmon Circle.

Clayoquot Sound Trail Expedition to Lone Cone Mountain on Meares Island - Tla-o-qui-aht Nation Territory

This past weekend the Wilderness Committee had the great honour of being asked to help the Tla-o-qui-aht repair an ancient "culture and spirit" trail leading up Lone Cone Mountain in Clayoquot Sound.  Four hearty souls led by the Wilderness Committee's Martin Krykorka and Tla-o-qui-aht band member Corey Charlie made their way across the waters on our friend Brandon's boat from Tofino to the native community of Kakawis, where the trail begins. Beautiful fall weather greeted the trail crew as they snipped and sawed their way up the mountain. They worked late and rose early but according to all reports had lots of hot chocolate and marshmallows!

New Bush Tales from Ontario and Manitoba

Wilderness Committee staffers Andy Miller and Eric Reder just returned home from their biggest, most audacious wilderness expedition to date, an exploration by foot, 4x4 truck, canoe and by air of the proposed “East Shore Wilderness” area of eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. Located 200 km north of Winnipeg, Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay, the Eastshore is North America’s largest remaining intact, mostly road-less forest.

Cleaning up Ch'uuis Beach in Clayoquot Sound

On the weekend of September 19 a team of Wilderness Committee staff and volunteers headed out to Clayoquot Sound to participate in the Great Canadian Beach Clean Up.

News conference: stop logging in caribou habitat

On Sept. 23, the Wilderness Committee and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society co-hosted a press conference to share a new map provided by the Manitoba government that confirms that woodland caribou are living in an area of northwest Manitoba scheduled for intensive logging operations.

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