Morrissey Cottonwoods trail CLOSED

Ancient Cottonwood Trail closed due to safety risk

May 26, 2018, Fernie, BC – The Nature Conservancy of Canada is advising the public that the popular Ancient Cottonwood Trail is not currently safe for walking due to accumulated debris both on the ground and in the canopy following a wind storm. The organization is requesting that the public refrain from using the trail until further notice.

The pocket of old-growth forest grows along the Elk River near Morrissey and contains the world’s oldest recorded cottonwood trees. At 400 years old, these trees are reaching the end of their viable lifespan; as they die, the risk of falling branches and entire trees increases. This natural process feeds the regeneration of the complex forest ecosystem, but also poses risks for visitors.

Public safety is a priority for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Closing the trail is a precautionary measure to prevent the chance of injury to visitors from downed trees or falling branches. There are currently dead tree limbs suspended in the canopy (commonly known as “widow makers”) which could come down at any moment without warning.

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Alexander Creek Streamside Restoration--complete!

Thanks so much to all of the volunteers who joined us on May 17th to complete the final planting component of our Alexander Creek streamside restoration program! Please click here for more information on this project. 

 


Elk River Watershed Outreach Educator - Summer 2018 Job Posting

We're hiring! If you're a student looking for a fun, rewarding job this summer, check out our job posting below!

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2018 Elk River Watershed Discovery Camp

Elk Watershed Discovery Camp 2018 is now officially open for registration at the College of the Rockies Fernie Campus! Check out this awesome week-long day camp filled with smiles, splashes and skills for youth aged 10-14! 3 weeks offered this summer!

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Upcoming 2017 AGM

Please join the Elk River Alliance for a celebration of watershed accomplishments in 2017 at our AGM, Thursday March 8 6-8 p.m. at the Fernie Arts Station on 1st Ave.  Learn what is planned for 2018.  Bring something to share at the potluck and social from 6-6:45, meeting until 8.



CEMF Open House

Since 2012, the Elk Valley CEMF Working Group, made up of Ktunaxa, industry, governments, and community, has assessed the current condition of four valued components - grizzly bear, riparian habitat/Westslope cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep, and old/mature forest. Selected future scenarios were then modelled to explore potential cumulative effects and specific strategies to avoid, reduce or manage cumulative impacts on these four VCs. Dr. Bram Noble, an expert from the University of Saskatchewan, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing a cumulative effects-based strategy. Activities at the Open House will help community better understand the scope and usefulness of this exciting new decision making tool. For more information contact: lee-anne@elkriveralliance.ca (250) 423-1682.

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Submit your comments about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine

Attention submit your comments by tomorrow December 4th to have your voices heard about the proposed Bingay Coal Mine north of Elkford!
 
Due to the Proposed Bingay Coal Mine's potential impacts on water quality, recreation and cumulative effects on aquatic resources, sensitive ecosystems, wildlife and wildlife habitat, ERA does not agree that this metallurgical coal mining development will be good for the watershed, adjacent terrestrial ecosystem, and community members. ERA believes this project has the potential to negatively impact the ability of future generations to fish, swim and recreate in a healthy watershed with access to protected potable water. As a society we need to weigh the proposed environmental, social, economic, heritage and health impacts of an industrial operation against the benefits of a short 13-year life span.
 
Click here to read the Elk Rive Alliance's letter to the Environmental Assessment Office that we are submitting regarding the project.
Feel free to use it as a template.
 
Submit your comments online by December 4th here
Read the project description here.
And the valued component description here.
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Cumulative Effect Management Framework - Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF) working group has been busy this past year, and you can see what has been accomplished in their fall newsletter by following the link below:  

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BCWF Wetlandkeeper Course

If you're interested in learning about wetlands and would like to take a FREE course, look no further! We our hosting a Wetlandkeepers Course from October 12 - 14 (Thursday night 7 - 9pm and Friday & Saturday 9am - 4pm) where you can learn all about wetland conservation and gain hands-on skills! Call 250-423-4691 or visit the College of the Rockies in person or online, to register!

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7th Annual Elk River Shoreline Cleanup


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