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Conservation in British Columbia

Skeena Fly Zone is located in Smithers BC, on the banks of the Bulkley river in the heart of Skeena country. Our area is one of the few drainages in the world that have relatively healthy natural salmon and steelhead stocks. However, multiple projects are proposed that threaten this unique system. It is difficult to convince politicians of the economic value of nature. Below are some links of conservation organizations that could use your help and support in the fight to preserve some of the most valuable resources that we have. Please support:

British Columbia Conservation FoundationBritish Columbia Conservation Foundation

Fostering conservation of BC’s fish, wildlife and ecosystems, with a mandate to promote and assist in the conservation of the fish and wildlife resources of the Province of British Columbia through the protection, acquisition or enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat.
Website: https://www.bccf.com

Raincoast Conservation FoundationRaincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. “We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts. We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.”
Website: https://www.raincoast.org

Flies for Wild RiversFlies For Wild Rivers

Flies For Wild Rivers represents an opportunity for anglers to give back to the rivers and fish that we have all come to love. All proceeds from each fly sold will be donated to Skeena Wild Conservation Trust and the Steelhead Society of BC. The inception of this project came from a local angler while fishing his favorite summer run steelhead river. Oliver Holt wants to promote the conservation of the Skeena watershed and challenge all anglers to consider doing the same. Let’s change the paradigm, let’s put the fish first!
Website: Link to Fly Fishing Flies For Wild Rivers

Habitat Conservation Trust FoundationHabitat Conservation Trust Foundation

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation acting as Trustee of the Habitat Conservation Trust. HCTF came into existence because its major contributors (hunters, anglers, trappers, and guide-outfitters) were willing to pay for conservation work above and beyond that expected by government for basic management of wildlife and fish resources.
Vision: A future where freshwater fish, wildlife and their habitats are healthy and valued by all British Columbians.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of HCTF to improve the conservation outcomes of BC’s fish and wildlife, and the habitats in which they live. We make a difference by funding conservation projects and by educating and engaging the public about BC’s natural assets.
Website: https://hctf.ca

Pacific Wild

Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Denny Island. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Website: http://www.pacificwild.org

Nature Conservancy Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. The Nature Conservancy of Canada leads and inspires others to join us in creating a legacy for future generations by conserving important natural areas and biological diversity across all regions of Canada.

Website: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/

The Nature Trust of British Columbia

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is the oldest and largest provincial land trust in BC. We acquire ecologically significant land usually through purchase or donation. Then we care for this land in order to protect nature with its diversity of wildlife and plants, and their critical habitats.

Website: https://www.naturetrust.bc.ca

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

“Cultivating a sustainable future from a sustainable environment rooted in our culture and thriving wild salmon ecosystem.”

The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition was founded in 2004 by a diverse group of people living and working in the Skeena River watershed. The board of directors and membership reflects the broad interests of the people in this region. They are united in understanding that short term industrial development plans, even 50 year plans, will not benefit the region in the long run if they undermine the social and environmental fabric that holds the watershed and its communities together.

Website: http://skeenawatershed.com

Skeena Wild Conservation Trust

SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is a regional initiative working to make the Skeena watershed a global model of ecological and economic sustainability.

Website: http://skeenawild.org

Steelhead Society of British Columbia

The Steelhead Society’s mandate is to encourage the conservation and restoration of wild fish and the wild rivers they inhabit.

The Steelhead Society is dedicated to the ongoing advocacy of environmental education, stream restoration, dam decommissioning options, maintaining flow rates, mitigating the effects of hatchery programs, effective control of the Aquaculture Industry, as well as holding government and public agencies responsible for the natural heritage rivers provide.

Website: http://www.steelheadsociety.org