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2020 year-end review and what's coming in 2021
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SCCA NEWS

Dear Friends, 

As the end of the year approaches, we look back on our efforts, challenges and successes and forward to our goals and plans for the future. 2020 has been a strange and difficult year as the Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to step back, take stock and adapt our usual ways of being in the world and with each other. And, with these challenges came opportunities to hone our priorities and reinvent ourselves. 

We are so grateful to be part of the Sunshine Coast community and honoured to work with our friends, partners and donors to protect what we hold dear, now and for generations to come. 

The following are some highlights of our ongoing activities and a glimpse at our ambitions for 2021. 
 

Conservation Campaigns

 

Old Growth Marbled Murrelet Habitat

The SCCA continued efforts to protect Marbled Murrelet habitat through its Habitat Area Nomination Project (HANP) and contributed to the BC Government’s Old Growth Review process to develop “a new approach to old-growth management in BC”. So far we have succeeded in having 30 of our 50 nomination areas (about 1,400 ha) designated as WHA and we aim to protect an additional 14,000 hectares of old growth forest habitat in 2021. Read more here!
 

Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds

Our HANP project also identified 13 rivers as prime candidates for designation as Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds. Building on the government’s recent commitment to better protect watersheds and coastal habitat, we will continue to pursue strategies for protection of these areas.
 

Gospel Rock

Our work to protect 21 acres of ecologically rare and sensitive lands on Block 7 of the Gospel Rock neighbourhood continued. We aim to complete a conservation covenant to protect this area by the end of December 2020. Read our latest EBlast!
 

Atl'Kat7sem Howe Sound

The SCCA has partnered with the Gambier Island Conservancy, Islands Trust and TLC to protect and monitor Nature Reserves on Gambier and Keats Islands. In 2021, we will also pursue strategies for protection of West Howe Sound watersheds and participate actively with the Atl’ka7tsem Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative.

EDUCATION, OUTREACH, ADVOCACY, 

Programs and Events

With the onset of Covid-19, most of our education and outreach events were postponed and/or moved online. We continue to upgrade our digital communications tools, revamp existing and create new virtual programming and small group advocacy training opportunities.

Conservation Committees

The SCCA convenes Conservation Committees to engage regional groups and advocates, build partnerships, catalyze and support conservation projects, education and outreach programs. Efforts we currently support include:

Terrestrial Committee

  • Elphinstone Electors Reed Road Forest protection. 
  • GABC Society Gibsons Aquifer protection. 
  • Tuwanek Ratepayers Grey Creek Watershed and Mount Richardson park boundary protection. 
Marine Committee 
  • Review of Environmental Assessments for major projects and plans i.e. OPP, Burnco, WFLNG.
  • Ocean's Day - Life Under the Sea
  • Research, mapping, conservation and restoration.
  • Citizen science, stewardship training, data collection and monitoring. 
Covenants Committee 
  • Protecting Gospel Rock, Sandy Beach Nature Reserve and Rick O'Neill property.
  • Monitoring Mt. Artaban, Brigade Bay Bluffs, Long Bay Wetland Nature Reserves.
  • Participating in Nature Reserve restoration projects.

SUPPORT THE SCCA

This year we lost opportunities to raise funds through events and outreach booths and we're hoping to make up this funding gap as the year comes to a close. Here are three easy ways you can support our ongoing work to protect lands, waters and wildlife on the Sunshine Coast.
 
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Organizational Capacity Building

This year we under-took a management transition, planned since 2018. Our new team is excited to be developing new programs to protect biodiversity and raising funds to implement them!


NEW: Sunshine Coast Climate
Action Group 
SCCA member and local advocate, Penny Brown, is organizing a new grass roots, non-partisan, Climate Action Group for the Sunshine Coast.

We encourage anyone interested in working to make change on Climate issues to contact Penny at pkbrown@telus.net, 604-741-3533.
Join the SCCA!
The SCCA welcomes new individual and family members, member groups, and business members. Check out the perks of becoming an annual member!

Do you have an interest in marine or terrestrial conservation? We have a committee for you! Reach out for more information.
Sarama's
Conversation
With Students

Local filmmaker Sarama recently had a remarkable conversation with students about his film, This Living Salish Sea.

To read the conversation visit Sarama's blog here
 
Watch the film here

 
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