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You're invited to join our SCCA team for our very first online AGM!

When: Thursday, June 25th from 5 to 6 pm.
Where: Online through Zoom!
Click this link to join the meeting on June 25th.
Or call 778.907.2071.

Meeting ID: 942 9144 2968.
Password: 690590

Join us to learn what we've been up to since we last met, what we're currently working on and what initiatives we're looking forward to advancing over the coming year. Find out about the many ways you can get involved and support our work to preserve the biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast! Download the AGM agenda

You can also see our Chair's Report, the 2019 Financial Statements, and the minutes from our 2019 AGM here.

Membership & Voting: if you were a member in 2019 and would like to have voting privileges at the AGM, please follow this link to renew your membership in advance of the AGM.
NEW members must be in good standing for at least 90 days before the AGM to have voting privileges. To find out your membership status, contact Sarah at: membership@thescca.ca.

Interested in joining the Board? We would love to attract some new Board members to our team, and in particular, we're interested in recruiting a youth director (really, anyone under 30! ;), and are keen to include greater diversity. Contact Naomi, our Program Manager, if you'd like to learn more about joining our team: office@thescca.ca.

Help with Zoom: if you haven't used Zoom yet - never fear, we're here to help! Check out this handy introductory video, and if you still have questions, contact Naomi at the email above and she'll walk you through getting set up.
You can choose to download Zoom and use the application, or simply follow the invitation link to join the meeting through your web browser. You can also call in to join the meeting over the phone.
We highly recommend that you plan to join the meeting at least 10 minutes before we start so that you can adjust your settings and ensure everything is working well.
Note that you do not have to be on video if you don't want to or don't have a camera on your computer.


BC Timber Sales Consultation for 18 cutblocks proposed near Klein, North and Ruby Lakes

BC Timber Sales and Tsain-ko Forest Products are hosting an open public meeting on Thursday June 25th at 6pm via Zoom. This consultation is the public's opportunity to comment on a plan to log ~170 hectares in close proximity to Egmont lakes and recreational trails.
 
Please register to participate in the the meeting by emailing: Forests.ChinookTimberSalesOffice@gov.bc.ca
 
You must register by 3pm on Thursday June 25 and ask to be invited. They will send you a Zoom invitation and link, and you will be able to join by phone, computer or smartphone.
 

The SCCA has worked in partnership with the Friends of Gospel Rock Society (FOGRS) to secure protection of ecologically rare and sensitive lands in the Gospel Rock Neighbour Area since 2004. In 2013, The Town of Gibsons adopted the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan, which outlined its commitment to protect over 47% of Block 7, a 44-acre privately owned parcel on Gospel Rock, as a combination of Greenspace and Park. ‘Little Africa’, the ‘Cross Rock’, the forested slopes down to Gower Point Road and the entire waterfront on Block 7 are to be protected. 

In 2018, the SCCA engaged the (new) Block 7 property owner and partnered with The Land Conservancy (TLC) to secure a legal covenant over the proposed conservation area. We worked to create a draft covenant agreement and expected to reach agreement in 2019 but things stalled with the Town of Gibsons.

In recent months the SCCA learned that the Town staffs want to build a multi-use transportation trail through the fragile conservation area as they believe it is required in the 2018 Development Agreement. The SCCA and the property owner were working on the basis that the original Development Agreement trail map was a draft rather than a mandate. The SCCA has always advocated for low-impact pedestrian access on Gospel Rock and the 2019 draft covenant agreement would allow this. The SCCA supports development of a boardwalk trail on the waterside of the road and implementation of traffic calming measures to ensure cyclist safety through this scenic area. We cannot support a multi-use trail through the covenant area. 

The SCCA appeared as a delegation to the Town on May 5, 2020 to initiate dialogue with Gibsons Council on this issue. We are asking Council to amend a 2018 development agreement signed with the property owner to clarify that all trails through the covenant area will be low-impact and pedestrian access only.

Click here for our submission to the Town of Gibsons, and check out the Council meeting video below to see our team in action (from 3:25 - 39:44).

Our provincial government is asking for public comments about its management of old growth forests. You may make a written submission and/or answer questions in an on-line survey.

Visit the BC Government website to complete the survey and contribute your submission. The review process continues until JANUARY 31, 2020 at 4 pm.

The SCCA strongly encourages you to participate. If we don't respond government will conclude that old growth management is not a major public concern. Wrong!  Here are some helpful position papers from the Sierra Club of BC and the Ancient Forest Alliance:

Clearcut Carbon -  Sierra Club BC report

Sierra Club BC Old Growth Forest Resources Page

Old Growth Review - Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA)

Old Growth Review Questionnaire Guide - AFA

The SCCA has many concerns about management of BC's old growth forests. The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) makes protection of all non-timber values secondary to timber supply priorities. This means that protection of old growth or old growth dependent at-risk species is only available if such does not "... unduly reduce the flow of timber from crown land." There are a lot of major problems; Landscape Unit Plans offer only tokenistic protection; Timber Supply Reviews wildly overestimate forest inventories; BC's obligations under the Species-At-Risk Act have not been satisfied and forestry operations continue as if there is no such thing as global climate change.

The SCCA will address these and many other old growth issues in our submission. Sign up here for our SCCA ENews to ensure you get a copy!

Learn more about this issue and others in our latest SCCA Enewsletter here.

Click here to read the our submission to the Provincial Old Growth Strategic Review process, written by SCCA Director Dan Bouman with input from our Terrestrial Conservation Committee advisors:

The BC Government is undertaking an Old Growth Strategic Review, and has appointed a two-person panel to consult with people throughout the province, and provide a report to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO).

We encourage you to contact the panel to express your views on the ecological, economic and cultural importance of old-growth trees and forests. Let's use this opportunity to make it clear that we urgently need to protect our old-growth trees NOW!

The panel includes two professional foresters: Garry Merkel, and Al Gorley. They're asking British Columbians:

  • What old growth means to you and how you value it
  • Your perspective on how old growth is managed now
  • How you think old growth could be managed more effectively in the future

There are 3 ways to make your voice heard:

1) Request to meet with the panel in person or by phone or video call. They will be visiting Powell River on Thursday, December 5th, and Sechelt on Friday, December 6th.

2) Fill out the online questionnaire.

3) Email a written submission to the panel to: oldgrowthbc@gov.bc.ca. Click here for their submission guidelines.

Visit the BC Government website for more information on the review process. The review process continues until JANUARY 31, 2020 at 4 pm.

For more information on the importance of old-growth trees and forests, check out the excellent resources put together by these organizations:

Sierra Club BC:

Ancient Forest Alliance: Before & After Old-Growth Maps

Wilderness Committee: Protecting Old-Growth resource page

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