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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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June 2014

The Skeena estuary contains an abundance of life.  It is among the most productive ecosystems in the world and home to a variety of unique plant and animal communities including wild salmon and steelhead.  Today the Skeena estuary faces an uncertain future with the many industrial development projects taking place in the area.  Designated as critical salmon habitat, this natural wonder requires special management, consideration and protection.  We're working to understand the impacts and make sure it is protected. 
Read on.
Special thanks to Tavish Campbell for contributing amazing images of the Skeena River Estuary to this month's issue.

Critical Skeena Salmon Habitat in Danger

The Pacific Northwest LNG project propsed for Lelu Island near Port Edward would result in the largest dredging project in Canadian history - right over top of Flora Bank, the most sensitive salmon habitat in BC. 

This is where approximately 80% of Skeena salmon spend the most vulnerable time of their lives - finding new food, avoiding predators and adjusting to strong ocean currents. 

The federal government stopped a similar development proposed for the exact same place 40 years ago.

"Flora Bank is the most important shallow area of the Skeena River estuary in terms of rearing juvenile fishes. The proposed port development would completely destroy the complex Flora Bank ecosystem and damage to the fisheries resource of the Skeena River and its estuary would be immense."  Department of Fisheries & Oceans, 1973

What are we doing to protect this critical habitat? 

Focus on the Skeena Estuary - SkeenaWild at Work

In partnership with Simon Fraser University, Lax Kw' allams, and Lake Babine Nation, SkeenaWild is linking estuary habitats with inland salmon populations to connect juvenile salmon to their origin and the fisheries that rely on them.  This work is just getting underway and we will keep you informed of the results. 

Stay tuned.  Next month we will be launching a NEW multimedia piece that focuses on Skeena Salmon and the estuary.  The video will utilize infographic animation to illustrate the proposed projects and known salmon habitat, as well as, feature interviews with salmon experts.  We want people to understand the big picture so we can all make more informed decisions together.

We are also doing presentations and working with a diversity of partners to raise the profile of the issue.

To learn more about current LNG proposals, get up to date news stories, better understand the impacts and join the LNG conversation, visit the BC LNG Info Web Site.

What Can You Do?  Stay informed, provide your feedback and get involved.  As part of the public comment process, the BC Environmental Assessment Office is holding a series of open houses throughout communities of the Northwest for the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project.  Be sure to attend and express your concern.  

Click here for more information on the Petronas Pacifc Northwest LNG project.



The SkeenaWild Info Exchange

Sustainable economic development and environmental conservation is a responsibility that is shared among all levels of government, community organizations, First Nations, not-for-profit agencies, academic institutions, families and individuals.  With the increasing number of industrial development projects proliferating in the Northwest, SkeenaWild has collaborated, consulted and undergone extensive scientific research with a wide range of stakeholders and agencies, through a variety of methods.

Our intent is to provide information, resources and research findings on a variety of key topics as informal presentations and discussions with community groups, schools and businesses of the Northwest as an important part of the ongoing regional dialogue.  We encourage an open exchange of ideas and would be happy to meet with your group so that we are well informed and equipped to make the best decisions possible for a healthy, sustainable future.

Choose a Topic and Arrange a Date with Us!

~ LNG and Critical Salmon Habitat
~ Understanding and Managing Air Quality
~ Mining Impacts on Salmon
~ Building the New Salmon Economy
~ Science and Research
~ The Skeena2050 Project



SkeenaWild Film Camp Open for Applications

Calling young filmmakers of the Northwest.  Do you have a story to share?  Want to learn more about multimedia and film?

The SkeenaWild Film Camp is coming to Terrace July 14 - 18.  Learn from three amazing videography professionals and get set to write, produce, direct and edit your very own film within the week! 

APPLY today.  Space is limited to 12 participants.  Click here for the full camp description, itinerary, mentor bios and application form.



Skeena2050 In the House

The skeena2050 conversation is in full swing on doorsteps throughout communities of the Northwest.  Want to learn more about this project?  Watch the video of Greg Knox, Executive Director of SkeenaWild and Shannon MacPhail, Executive Director of SWCC as they offer their insights on designing skeena2050.

Get Involved.  In order to make this project a success we need you to participate in a conversation.  Offer your insights to the seven questions and decide for yourself if you think it's worthwhile to join the conversation.  Click here to participate.



Special Thanks to North West Watch

Singin' for Salmon was a Smashin' Success!  Last month, North West Watch hosted a sold-out evening of food, fun, music and dancing to raise funds and awareness for Skeena Salmon.  We gratefully acknowledge their efforts and would like to extend a special thanks for their donation to SkeenaWild of $1000.  These funds will go towards the Environmental Appeal of the decision allowing a 56% increase in sulphur dioxide emissions by Rio Tinto Alcan.

About North West Watch:

North West Watch aims to ensure that future generations will inherit healthy, functioning ecosystems by promoting responsible development and decision making, stewardship and protection for the watersheds of the northwest.  Get Involved and stay informed.  Join the Facebook Group.


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