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Grizzly Bear Reporting Program in SW British Columbia

Grizzly Bear Reporting Program in SW British Columbia

Posted by Rudy Kehler at Apr 06, 2013 09:32 PM |

The BC government lists grizzly bears in the Cascades, Garibaldi/Pitt River, Stein/Nahatlatch Rivers and Squamish/Lillooet populations as threatened species.  Provincial experts estimate that there are fewer than 35 grizzly bears on the east slopes of the BC Coast Range and the Cascades in the area stretching from Lillooet to I-90 in Washington.  A new program has been set up to ask the public to report grizzly bear sightings because each individual grizzly is important in understanding location and movement of these populations.

In July 2012, a collaboration of environmental groups launched the effort to enlist public support in documenting rare sightings of grizzly bears in southwestern British Columbia. Staff and volunteers from Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL), BC Nature and Conservation Northwest distributed informational posters at retail outlets, trailheads, public buildings, First Nations facilities, government and industry offices and other locations through the summer of 2012. Sighting reports were coming in the first month of operation through a toll-free telephone number. Phone messages were screened by HMCOL personnel and forwarded on to BC government and Conservation Northwest biologists.

Supporting one of its key mandates of preserving, protecting and restoring natural resources within southwest British Columbia, Hope Mountain Centre continues daily monitoring of the toll-free line. Continuous monitoring ensures a quick screening of calls and rapid notification to BC Ministry of Environment staff in Victoria and in the field. A telephone message greets callers with instructions on how to report a grizzly sighting and to leave a message. HMCOL follows up with callers for additional information as needed. A standard report and mapped location package are completed and sent on to government staff for follow up.

Twelve sightings were reported throughout the area of interest in southwest BC during the summer and fall of 2012—some accompanied with photos and impressive video footage. Sightings include evidence of recent activity as well as live bears. Four “historical” sightings were also reported from 2011. Past sightings are important for tracking grizzly bear abundance and distribution through time.

Hikers, climbers, hunters, fishers, photographers, loggers and ranchers – anyone who is recreating or working in the mountains—can potentially contribute. Every verified sighting contributes to knowledge of southwest BC’s grizzly bears which in turn helps scientists understand vulnerability to local extinction.

The Grizzly Bear sightings hotline is at 1-855-GO-GRIZZ or 1-855-464-7499.  For more information, go to http://westernwildlife.org/bc-grizzly-bears-report-a-sighting/

Scott Denkers, Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
e: sdenkers@hopemountain.org
p: 604.750.0350

The Skagit Treaty Negotiations

Posted by Rudy Kehler at Oct 10, 2012 09:20 AM |

The model of conflict resolution employed to resolve the High Ross Controversy is one that can be replecated in other transboundary conflict situations.

Regional transboundary Negotiations Leading to the Skagit River Treaty: Analysis and Future Application

Donald K. Alper and Robert L Monahan delved into the negotiation story shortly after the High Ross Treaty was drafted, and published in 1986. Their thoughts are relevant today as we are still enacting the terms of the treaty and the unique resolution terms between the unlikely parties, an american city and a canadian province, are still unique today.

The 5 Year Plan

Posted by Rudy Kehler at Apr 04, 2012 11:20 AM |

In 2009 SEEC initiated it's first multi-year plan in order to focus investments within a clear strategy. The plan also enabled SEEC partners to anticipate support beyond the current season allowing them to plan more comprehensively.

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Water Quality in the Upper Skagit

Water Quality in the Upper Skagit

Posted by Rudy Kehler at Mar 02, 2012 05:50 PM |

The latest addition to the database of information available on this website is the 2011 Field Season Report of Water Quality Testing by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning.

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