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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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September 2015

The signs of fall are beginning to appear.  There's a crispness in the air, leaves changing to soft coppers, reds, and golds, a cornucopia of harvest fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest and the comforting smells of fresh canning and baking fill our homes.  

Mother nature is kind to the Skeena, providing anglers some of the most outstanding salmon and steelhead of the year.  At this time of year, people come from all over the world; a testament to how truly unique and special this place is.  

Tell us what you love about the autumn season, and read on to find out all the latest news and events from the gang at SkeenaWild. 

Photo: The Kasiks River, Greg Knox

Protecting the Skeena River Estuary

Skeena River salmon all depend on healthy ecosystems, and Flora Bank in the Skeena estuary provides some of the most critical habitat for juvenile salmon.

On average between 3 million and 10 million adult salmon return to the Skeena River each year.  Based on a 1% survival rate (which is common), this means that between 300 million and 1 billion juvenile salmon attempt to leave the Skeena River each year, most of which will eventually reach Flora Bank.

Petronas, a Malysian-owned corporation, is proposing to build a massive LNG transport facility with infrastructure spanning onto Flora bank. According to world leading scientists the construction and operation of this facility could destabilize Flora Bank and degrade salmon habitat.  

Watch our latest video to learn more: Our Fish.

On August 25th, Sm'oogyet Yahan (Don Wesley Sr.) from Lax Kw'alaams and several members of North Coast First Nations peacefully occupied Lelu Island to stand up for Flora Bank and stop Petronas from developing a LNG facility on their land.  Watch the video.


Apres Skeena: A Fundraising Banquet

We're excited to announce Apres Skeena 2015— A SkeenaWild Fundraiser in Smithers on Saturday September 19th. This year's fundraiser aims to raise money for our efforts towards protecting the Skeena River estuary from development that may degrade some of Canada's most critical juvenile salmon habitat.

World famous fishing guide, April Vokey, will be joining us to emcee the evening's festivities.  The keynote address will be delivered by world renowned and award winning scientist and conservationist, Jack Stanford, as well as, numerous other guests will speak about salmon conservation and there will be live music.

Dinner will feature local fare from the gardens of the Bulkley Valley and sustainably-harvested Skeena salmon.

Click here to get a sneak peek at some of the auction items and learn more.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Interior Stationary and Oscars in Smithers and SkeenaWild in Terrace.  Special thanks to our sponsors.  Hope to see you on the 19th.


The Countdown is On to the 6th Annual SWFF

The SkeenaWild Outdoor Adventure Film Festival and Photo Contest is a celebration of adventure in Canada's North West. Here's a little inspiration to get you stoked.  Watch the trailer.

Final deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2015.  This festival is by the people, for the people.  If you haven't already, submit your creative works through our online form and learn more about our sponsors, categories and prizes here.



Help us to Keep the Skeena Wild

You don't have to live in the Skeena to care about its future.  The Skeena may be our best chance to figure out how people and salmon can co-exist in perpetuity.  We depend on supporters like you to help keep the Skeena wild.  Donate today.


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