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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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May 2015

What's new on the scene?  Tender greenery, birds chirping, fresh air, lots of sunshine, the spring run and the new SkeenaWild Fishing App!  It's been a productive and super busy spring here at SkeenaWild between advocating for clean air at the Rio Tinto Alcan hearings in Victoria and the launch of our brand new fishing app, there is never a dull moment.  Read on.

Introducing the NEW SkeenaWild Fishing APP

It's been a year in the making and this month we are extremely proud and excited to launch the SkeenaWild Fishing App!  We'll be the first to admit, the APP is BRILLIANT with a variety of features to tickle any angler's fancy! 

For its first 6 months, the APP is FREE!  Tell all your fishing friends to download it today from the iTunes store and be sure to give us your feedback.  Available for iPhones and coming soon for Androids. 

Plan your next fishing adventure with the new SkeenaWild Fishing APP and help to conserve wild salmon and steelhead at the same time.  Watch our Promo Video to learn more. 

A special thanks to the development team for your vision, hard work and donation of time... Hannes Edinger and Jeremy Phillippe of Big River Analytics, You guys rock!



A Call for Clean Air

In early 2013, the province of British Columbia granted Rio Tinto Alcan permission to dramatically increase the level of sulphur dioxide they dump into our air. After over 2 years of Judicial Reviews and hard work, two brave individuals from Kitimat were granted permission to bring their case to the Environmental Appeal Board and hearings are finally underway.

Things are going well, but there is still lots of work to do, money to be raised and information to get out into the world.

The second week of hearings started on May 11th and will go until May 15th. They are scheduled for Kitimat from June 1-5 and 8-12. The more people that fill the hearing room the better. They will be from 9am-5pm daily at the Kitimat Rod and Gun Club.

Please considering making a donation to help support the legal proceedings.

If you want to learn more about the issue, watch our video

Visit our website to view summaries from appeal hearings and learn more.

Sign the Petition.



The Invisible Migration

Every year, about 300 million baby salmon make their way from every river and lake in the entire Skeena watershed down to the estuary where they get ready to head out into the big blue sea. We always celebrate their return, but sometimes forget their biggest journey of all.

On May 11th, hundreds gathered to celebrate The Invisible Migration at Lake Babine where over 100 million smolts begin their journey downstream. The circle of life continues to turn and as one wise Elder said, "We only take what we need, we do no harm to the resource that nourishes and sustains us."

Join the celebration Wednesday, May 20 starting at 7pm in Hazelton: Free BBQ dinner, Campfire jam featuring Rachelle Van Zanten, Lantern release at dusk. Starts at 7pm

Come out again on Saturday, May 23 for the final Estuary Celebration in Prince Rupert. Details TBA at the Invisible Migration website

Learn more about the Invisible Migration. 

Watch the Promo Video.



Many Ways to Support

The Skeena is one of the last wild refuges with abundant salmon, steelhead and many other species of fish and wildlife.  Help us to protect and conserve this special place.  Here's how you can support us: 

~ Act Now!  Have your say and help protect wild salmon by using our online tool to send a letter to th Minister of Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada.  Click here.

~ Buy some new SkeenaWild merchandise!  We have new T-shirt designs, ceramic travel mugs, totes and more.  Available online, at various retail stores throughout the region or at the SW Headquarters.

~ Donate a little or a lot, you may even consider setting up a recurring monthly donation.  Click here.

~ Get Involved!  Volunteer at an event or help us with one of our many projects.  There are many different hats to wear and we know you have amazing skills and enthusiasm!  We would love to put you to work. Get in touch.


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