Next Regular Meeting
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Minutes of Last
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2018 AGM Minutes (draft)
June 23rd 10 am - Noon
Annual General Meeting.
In the Curling Lounge of the Cowichan Lake
July 7th Noon - 4 PM
CLRSS Summer BBQ
Details to be announced
Aug. 18th 8:30 - 1:30
Annual River Clean Up & Bottle Drive
Central Park, Lake Cowichan
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Report a Riparian Zone Violation
June 23rd 10 am - Noon
Meet us at the
Cowichan Lake Arena
Join or renew
Meet your fellow
Make your voice
Heather Pritchard, Professional Forester
will be speaking on:
Tomorrow - Sharing Insights from a Year spent preparing an
ecosystem-based assessment of the Koksilah watershed
In 1913 the completion
of the railroad to Lake Cowichan opened up the region to industrial
scale logging. 106 years later we are now cutting second and
even third growth forests in the Cowichan Lake watershed.
Understanding the forest ecosystems as they are today is a key element
to weaving a substantive response to the challenges of Climate Change
in our watershed.
River Clean-up 2019
Get ready to get your
feet wet! We will be on the River on Aug. 18th
For full details of the event,
State of the Lake Report
We have prepared and released
a new report. Included is a summary of the issues surrounding
diminished summertime water flows in the river along with our
recommended solution to this problem and tips on how you can
participate in advocating for it.
You will also find summaries
of our current programs and upcoming activities that you may be
interested in participating in.
To view the report, please
Heather Pritchard, a past VP of Cowichan
Lake & River Stewards, is a Registered Professional Forester with over 30
years experience in natural resource management who lives on the Cowichan
River. Heather worked for several years as a Forester in a woodlot,
community forest, and the West Arm Demonstration Forest, all located in the
West Kootenays. Her management planning and harvesting plans
incorporated ecosystem-based principles developed by the Silva Forest
Foundation with focus on protecting community and domestic water sources.
Between 2005 and 2017, Heather worked as a Mountain Pine Beetle Specialist,
Ecosystem Biologist, Riparian Areas Regulation Coordinator, and Conservation
Policy Analyst with FLNRO and MOE in Nelson and Victoria.
Currently, Heather is working again as a consultant and co-authoring (with
Emily Doyle-Yamaguchi) the ecosystem-based assessment of the Koksilah
watershed. The Cowichan Station Area Association commissioned this project.
Heather and Emily have completed the first phase of the project – describing
the original character and current condition of the 30,000 hectare
watershed. In this phase we see how the Koksilah watershed was once
covered with old growth forests that contained important structures – like
large and dead fallen trees – that influenced water flows, fish and wildlife
habitat, nutrient cycling, and many other natural processes. Now,
almost all of the old forests are gone – replaced by younger forests,
agricultural fields, and an extensive road network, significantly impacting
many of the natural processes. Heather and Emily are now working on a
protected landscape network that aims to help restore important functions in
the watershed. It is hoped that the assessment will provide guidance
to local governments in land use decisions and educate residents about their
watershed while providing insights to everyone in the valley about the
nature of our changing forests.
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