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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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February 2014

It's the month for love and we have a few heartfelt stories to share along with the heartpumping premiere of our mini-doc, Heavy Metal Salmon.   

From the Heart

There are so many reasons to love the Skeena and we know you have your own love story.  Maybe you met your Grizzly bear sow when she admired your Stanfields on the river bank early one spring morning.  That's when you knew you had to win her over with a dozen wildflowers and a country tune playing on your truck radio. 

In honour of this special month, we want to hear how you fell head over heels with the wild people, places and things of the Skeena Watershed and how you are getting to happily ever after.

Share your words, stories and photos via our Facebook or @SkeenaWild.  You could be featured on our Web site

 #iloveskeenawild because ...



Presenting "Heavy Metal Salmon"

We are proud to present our new mini-doc, Heavy Metal Salmon.  This dynamic animated video short is based on the heart-wrenching findings of a recent review we conducted on Sub-lethal Metal Toxicity Effects on Salmonids.  Huge shout outs to our in-house talent, Rod Brown and Mike Price for their diligence, creativity and hard work.  We would also like to thank our sponsor Mountain Equipment Co-op for providing support to make our video production possible.

Watch "Heavy Metal Salmon"

Read "Sub-lethal metal toxicity effects on salmonids:  a review"



Landing the Big One with Nicholas Dean Lodge

Meet Chad Black, Operations Manager at Nicholas Dean Outdoors where he is responsible for marketing, sales, client care and managing general day to day operations.  He loves fly and spey fishing, tying flies, hiking, camping, skiing, photography, playing hockey and basically anything that gets him outdoors. Chad discusses his inspiration, conservation and kick$#@ fishing tips and tricks!  Click here to read our interview.

We greatly appreciate the tremendous support that Nicholas Dean Outdoors has given to SkeenaWild.  Their donations have helped us to fund scientific research projects and community outreach programs.


Caring Kids

What do birthday parties and salmon conservation have in common?  Love and hope. The love of a wild Skeena and hope for the future. 

You may be surprised what Farrah DeFreitas wanted for her 7th birthday this year.  Healthy salmon and clean water for the Skeena watershed!  An inspiring, compassionate and selfless youngster, Farrah decided to support SkeenaWild by donating $115 she collected from her party-goers to help with water conservation issues.  She also came up with the idea of developing a competition for Earth day where school kids compete in a creek clean-up.  Of course the prizes would involve candy and the satisfaction of an important job well done. 

The same can be said of little Maelle Lennert.  This year for her 3rd birthday party she also donated to SkeenaWild.  When Auntie Julia asked what she wanted the money to go towards, she sweetly replied, "to save the fishies".

Now that's kids working together to help their community protect precious resources and our natural playground.


New BC LNG Web Site Launch

We are proud to unveil one of our latest projects, a new web site for BC LNG projects.  This site is a comprehensive online resource that provides a 360 degree view of information pertaining to BC Liquid Natural Gas from a variety of perspectives and sources including media, government, industry and Environmental NGO's.  This is a joint collaboration between Headwaters Initiative, Northwest Institute and SkeenaWild. 

Informative and always up to date!  Get the BIG PICTURE at and be sure to follow @BCLngInfo and Facebook.


Give Back to Big Blue

Is your business committed to creating a healthy planet and collaborating to make the world a better place?  Consider becoming a business member of 1% for the Planet, an organization whose mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.  As a member business, you choose the non-profit partners who you would like to support.  And guess what, SkeenaWild is a registered non-profit member.  Learn more about becoming a 1% for the Planet business member and check out our TOP 5 Reasons to Support SkeenaWild.


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