Last night I went to the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society (JCCS) annual meeting in Invermere. Together, we celebrated that the Jumbo Valley has stayed wild for another year. The JCCS has been Wildsight’s main partner in the decades-long campaign to keep Jumbo Wild—and their dedication is unwavering. Over the years, working relationships have changed to friendship and last night as I looked around, I was filled with gratitude for community and for the commitment and passion of people who give so much of their time and energy to stand up for what they believe in.
Join the Jumbo Creek Conservation Society and Wildsight for a presentation from Clayton Lamb on grizzly bears in British Columbia, an update on Jumbo and a short JCCS AGM.
Wild and mountainous British Columbia is home to one of the largest grizzly bear populations in North America, with about 14,000 bears. But these bears face many threats, especially in the southern part of the province. Clayton Lamb’s research team investigates the complex relationships between bears and human land use, human-caused mortality and habitat factors like food supply. Their work, ...
Last week, the BC Supreme Court ruled in the Jumbo Glacier Resort vs. the Ministry of the Environment court case that went before the judge at the end of June. The case was about Jumbo Glacier Resort's expired environmental certificate.
In BC, developers must substantially start their project within five years (renewable one time only) or else they lose the certificate. In 2015, then Environment Minister, Mary Polak, determined that after 10 years Glacier Resorts had not substantially started the Jumbo Glacier Resort, effectively rendering the environmental certificate ...
Douglas Noblet is the photographer behind Wild Air Photography. His images combine three of his major passions: mountains, flying and photography. Often flying solo, Douglas captures his images while piloting his Cessna 172. He lives in Nelson, BC in a tiny house and spends much of his time in the wild Purcells ski touring, mountaineering, rafting and climbing. Douglas’ images have been used for many years to help support the #JumboWild campaign. I recently sat down to chat with Douglas about what motivates him.
Robyn Duncan: You grew up in Nelson. When did you ...
In 2015, then Environment Minister Mary Polak canceled the Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Environmental Certificate. In BC, developers must substantially start their project within five years (renewable one time only) or else they lose the certificate. Minister Polak determined that after 10 years Glacier Resorts had not substantially started the Jumbo Glacier Resort, effectively rendering the environmental certificate expired.
Glacier Resorts Ltd challenged this decision and this week (June 25-28), they'll be before the court in Glacier Resorts Ltd. vs. the BC Minister of ...
The Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality (JGMRM) is BC’s only town with no people and an appointed mayor and council. On June 19, the JGMRM will present its 2018 annual report at a public meeting.
Controversy has surrounded the JGMRM since its inception when the then BC government took the shocking steps to push forward the Jumbo Glacier Resort, amending the Local Government Act to allow the creation of a town with no people, appointed a mayor and council to govern over the new town, and funded it through taxpayer dollars.
Protests have accompanied multiple ...
On June 25th, Jumbo will be back in court. Glacier Resorts, the company who dreamed up the now legendary large-scale resort proposal for the contested Jumbo Valley will be arguing before the BC Supreme Court that the decision made by former Environment Minister Mary Pollack was, simply put, not fair. In 2015, after Pollack determined that Glacier Resorts had failed to “substantially start” their 5,500-bed ski resort within the 10-year timeline given to them in the environmental assessment process, they were told to immediately stop all construction.
Glacier Resorts ...
In the winter 2017/18 issue of Ski Canada published an article on the Jumbo Glacier Resort by George Koch, an article that I found to be mis-leading, inaccurate and wholly insensitive towards the state of play and the importance of the Jumbo Valley, both ecologically for grizzly bears and spiritually for the Ktunaxa Nation.
Businesses, governments and media outlets all need to be called out and held to account - it is more important than ever that we make informed decisions as citizens and as consumers.
You can read the article below.
Here is what I wrote:
You can't get too far in the fight to keep Jumbo Wild before you cross paths with KL Kivi. A fiery, passionate advocate with a heart of gold, KL has a gift with words and a knack for cutting through to the heart of any matter. Based in Nelson and a long-time member of the West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild, KL's contribution to Jumbo Wild over the decades has been immense. She was one of the pillars of the Farnham and Jumbo Monitoring Camps—when her shift was done, she packed up her bag and hiked back home over Jumbo Pass, dropping into Glacier Creek and Argenta. She ...
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"How we treat our land, how we build upon it, how we act toward our air and water, in the long run, will tell what kind of people we really are."
Laurance S. Rockefeller
I’m not going to lie: it’s been a tough year for Jumbo.
But the thing is, this year has only strengthened our resolve, put more fuel on our fire. Far from discouraging us, the challenges of this past year have inspired us to keep working ...