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The SCCA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, June 22nd from 7-9 pm at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.

We're excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Ruth Simons, the Executive Director of the Future of Howe Sound Society.

Memberships can be renewed at the AGM or you can join or renew online. You must be a paid-up member in order to vote.

As per SCCA policy, nominations for the Board of Directors should be forwarded to the chair of our nomination committee. If you are passionate about the environment of the Sunshine Coast and would like to contribute some time and energy, please consider a two-year term as a director. We have monthly board meetings and directors are encouraged to take on a role or an issue.

The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and the Tetrahedron Alliance are concerned that potential alterations to the Chapman Lake water storage system will have serious deleterious impacts on the Tetrahedron Park ecosystem, yet will not solve the Coast's summer water supply problems. 

The SCCA has submitted a Backgrounder on Chapman Lake water storage management and is asking members to attend the next meeting of the Sunshine Coast Regional District's Infrastructure Services Committee on Thursday, September 4 at 1:30 pm. (see agenda)

We wish to explore with the SCRD directors more effective alternative means of fixing our water supply system rather than installing either floating pumps, siphons, tunnels, dredging or other changes that would have the effect of drawing down Chapman Lake a further 10 feet and threatening the surrounding plant structures. 

The opportunity for public input on proposed Old Growth Management Areas within five Landscape Units in the Sunshine Coast Forest District is now closed.

Thanks to the knowledge and energy of three volunteers, the SCCA was able to make a submission in the hopes of creating better representations of, and protection for, the biodiversity found in our forests.

As this review consisted of 600 individual Old Growth polygons spread over 5 landscape units, it was decided to make comments and recommendations on the legal and policy context within which the OGMAs are being proposed and then focus on the Salmon Landscape unit in our examination of specific siting issues. One of the main issues was the number of polygons that were of insufficient dimension to offer the characteristics of an interior forest condition. Click on the link to see the full submission.

Your VERY LAST CHANCE to purchase a raffle ticket is Friday, Oct. 24 (and we've heard from very reputable scientific sources that purchasing a ticket the night of the draw vastly increases your statistical likelihood of winning a prize)! Join us at Artesia Coffee House for music and the PRIZE DRAW. 

The night opens with young singer/ songwriter/ skateboarder, Charlie Daigneault sharing her tunes on guitar and ukulele. Closing the night will be a full set from 'Sing You Sinners' playing whiskey folk tunes featuring: Jenny Groves (vocals/bass), Simon Hocking (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Ian McLatchie (lap steel), and Cayce Laviolette (drums).

Entry is by suggested donation of $10 at the door and goes to the musicians and expenses.  We hope to see you there!

First Prize  -  A Evox Electric Bicycle

Second Prize  -  2 Helly Hansen Jackets from 'Mister Mender'

Third Prize  -  1 night stay at West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $20.  Special thanks to Spin Cycles for partial donation of the e-bike, and Mister Mender and the West Coast Wilderness Lodge for donating our 2nd and 3rd prizes.

The SCCA has just discovered that the Community Forest is hosting a presentation by Ms. Glynnis Horel, P.Eng on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Seaside Centre. The presentation will detail the findings of a comprehensive coastal watershed assessment conducted in the Chapman Creek and Gray Creek watersheds. An assessment report will be available online at the Sunshine Coast Community Forest web site after the presentation.

The SCCA was not previously advised that this assessment was underway, nor did we receive any material to review in advance of this presentation. It can only be assumed that further logging is being planned for these watersheds, an action that the SCCA is opposed to. Please attend this presentation and make your views known on logging within our main water supply areas.


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