BVRC Awards: Final Call for Nominations!

We are actively seeking nominations for the 2020 BVRC Awards and have extended the deadline to February 28th. The 2020 recipients will be announced at the BVRC's Annual General Meeting in March. The full criteria for each award can be found via the links below.

  • The Irving Fox Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainability of natural and cultural resources in northwest BC. The award can recognize a specific project, or a lifetime contribution.
  • The Jim Pojar Award honours the author(s) of an outstanding recent publication appearing in any format that contributes to the understanding or sustainability of natural and cultural resources in northwest BC.
  • The Volunteer Distinction Award was created to commend an active and involved volunteer member of the BVRC. Our volunteer members are essential to the ongoing success of the Centre.

Please send your nominations to by this Friday, February 28th. For more information about the BVRC Awards, including past winners, visit our website.

Your support is important!

Thank you. An organization is only as valuable as the people who contribute to its mission and make things happen. That's you!

The benefits of your BVRC membership include:

  • Contract and volunteer opportunities
  • Free admission to our bi-weekly Seminar Series
  • Invitations to networking and social events
  • An invitation to the BVRC’s Annual General Meeting
  • Reduced fees at BVRC community workshops
  • Two annual online newsletters
  • Monthly e-notices with exclusive information on contract and volunteer opportunities, as well as relevant community events
  • A voice (bring your ideas to the Annual General Meeting in March)

You can renew your BVRC membership in person at the AGM on March 25th, or online​ through PayPal. Also feel free to visit us at the BVRC during office hours. We're always happy to see you.

Reminder: Seminar Series with Adriana Almeida-Rodriguez

This Wednesday, Adriana will provide an update on her study that seeks to better understand columnar growth of western redcedar (Thuja plicata) in the Kitimat Valley. In her research, Adriana assesses the effects of industrial aerial emissions in gas exchange, foliage, and soil accumulation of contaminants like fluoride. In this presentation, Adriana will compare her previous findings from 2014 (Soderberg smelter) with data collected in 2017 (pre-baked smelter).

When: Wednesday, February 26th | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: The Old Church
Cost: Free (members); $2 (non-members)

Watersheds 2020: Survey & Forum Info

The team behind the POLIS Water Sustainability Project is conducting a survey on opportunities to advance watershed governance in British Columbia. Do you have 15-20 minutes to take part?

Find the survey HERE. Please submit your responses no later than February 28, 2020.

What is Watersheds 2020?

From October 14-16, 2020 (location TBC), Watersheds 2020 will bring together a diverse community of water leaders —including Indigenous Nations, watershed groups, local and provincial government staff, funders, and a network of practitioners and champions—to build and deepen connections, learn from one another, and explore opportunities for improved watershed decision-making.

Pacific Northwest Regional Science Fair

The Pacific Northwest Regional Science fair will be held in Smithers at Coast Mountain College on April 3 and 4, 2020. The regional science fair is an important educational event—the premier opportunity in our community for youth to
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present and discuss scientific questions that matter to them with professional scientists and educators, other students, and the public. The science activities at the fair, as well as the opportunity to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair, inspire students to continue with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

PNW Regional Science Fair Board Members Paula Bartemucci and Karen Price are recruiting volunteers to help make the regional science fair a great event for the students. Please contact them if you can help.

Paula Bartemucci:
Karen Price:

You can also donate/contribute to the PNW Regional Science Fair through the BVRC. Call us or drop by the office!

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