Right on Revelstoke’s doorsteps are national parks, snowy peaks and ancient forests.
People come from across the world to visit our woods and canoe the lakes.
Here are some stories from 2019 on Revelstoke’s natural environment:
• Zeb Martin, an auxiliary B.C. Conservation Officer, was primarily hired for monitoring caribou closures in the Revelstoke area and providing education to the public. He worked until March. Revelstoke has been without a conservation officer since 2013.
• Three caribou from soon-to-be extinct herds in the southern Selkirk and Purcell mountains, which stretch into the U.S. were relocated to pens north of Revelstoke.
• The source of contamination at Turtke Creek south of Revelstoke was identified as a storm-sanitary cross-connection from kitchen fixtures at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Last year, fecal bacteria was found in the creek. The resort said they have since fixed the problem.
• During a CRED Talk, Dr. John Woods explains Canada Jays are largely understudied in the Revelstoke area.
• Researcher Mirjam Barrueto studies wolverines, the little-known species in Revelstoke area. “To follow them is incredibly hard, to study them is very challenging and expensive. It takes a lot of determination to do any wolverine studies,” said Barrueto.
• Hundreds of Revelstokians pack into Community Centre to voice concern over the province’s draft caribou plans.
• The captured U.S. caribou, along with the caribou calf Grace, were released from pens north of Revelstoke. According to biologist as of last month, the released caribou are doing well.
• Because there is no curb-side compost pick-up, Revelstoke’s Jenna McIntyre starts one.
• Two bear cubs were rescued from the scene of an accident on Highway 23 South near Blanket Creek. The cubs’ mother was struck by a vehicle. The cubs were sent to a wildlife sanctuary.
• Many Revelstoke residents oppose proposed gravel pit near the Jordan River. A decision has yet to be made by the province.
• The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, post an article exploring the thread between caribou and Revelstoke’s economy.
• For the first time in roughly 60 years, bull trout are able to cross beneath Highway 1 in Glacier National Park due to work completed by Parks Canada.
• The opening of the new campground that was announced in 2016 in Mount Revelstoke National Park was delayed until next year. The delay is partially due to the wet summer and construction issues.
• Due to repeated incidents of dogs off-leash and grizzly bear encounters in Mount Revelstoke National Park, Parks Canada closed parts of the park to dogs.
|On many Fridays this year, youth were protesting in front of city hall. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)|
• Hundreds of Revelstoke students protest climate change inaction of the steps of city hall. This rally was one of many around the world. Students have met downtown numerous times this summer, trying to spur political change and bring awareness.
• A hut and chalet are proposed near the glacier on Mt. Begbie. Roughly 100 people attend the meeting and voice concerns. The North Columbia Environmental Society launch a petition to protect the peak.
• A new bike trail opened near Mt. Cartier, which caused controversy within the community with nearby residents voicing water concerns and impacts on the local environment.
• The city hires a new climate change coordinator, Caitlin Hinton, who will be working to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalize protection of Southern Mountain caribou as endangered. However, none remain in the lower 48 states. The three remaining caribou in the herd are moved north of Revelstoke, thereby making them locally extinct.
• The provincial government says no to Terus Construction Ltd’s proposed gravel pit on Westside Road.
• Valhalla Wilderness Society proposes a new provincial park north of Revelstoke. The 8,408 hectare Rainbow-Jordan Wilderness encompasses significant tracts of ancient inland rain forest.
• Bird populations in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park are significantly declining according to Parks Canada at more than 25 per cent annually.
• A Y2Y-commissioned report for the Columbia River headwaters aims to spark discussion on how to balance the economy and environment. The report said there could be increasing pressure between industry and environment in Revelstoke.