BC Parks and AJ and Boundaries

Skagit environmental endowment Commission, Ross Lake, Ross Dam, Transboundary

Many of you already know AJ Fedoruk who has worked with BC Parks for many years. What makes her job so unique is that she works on the border of the USA and Canada. Usually she’s working with a North Cascades National Park Service Ranger and they run the International Interpretation Program. There really is no job like it and what makes meeting AJ at the north end of Ross (Reservoir) Lake so special is firstly her disarming friendliness and secondly, her encyclopedic knowledge of everything in the Upper Skagit watershed. Here is her annual overview of the program for 2023.

The transboundary nature of the Upper Skagit watershed makes the success of programs such as these worth noting and celebrating! Historically this has always been an intact ecosystem, a transportation corridor, a place to hunt, a place to mine for tool-making materials, a place to meet relatives from the coast. Eventually the border showed up, three dams on the Skagit River were built, and the lake behind the Ross Dam flooded across that border at high water season each year.

We are excited about 2024! More learning, collaborative work and more reciprocal relationships with organizations in Washington State and British Columbia, with First Nations and Tribes. All this so we can be active participants in making good decisions in a time of climate emergency, for the health of the land, water and air.