So far, monitoring of creeks and streams on Cortes Island indicates a very poor return of chum salmon to their spawning grounds this year, according to Christine and Cec Robinson. They’re longtime members of the local stream keepers project, overseen by the conservation and stewardship organization Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI). Monitoring of the chum return occurs from mid-September to early December each year.Continue reading Low seasonal return of chum salmon to spawning grounds ‘a mystery,’ say local monitors
BC Ferries is building four more “Island Class” ferries, due to increased demand and current vessels aging, and a call for proposals has gone out to shipyards in British Columbia, as well as nationally and internationally.Continue reading BC Ferries calls on shipyards to bid on construction of four new vessels
Coordinator Filipe Figueira says joining the bigger provincial network provides more resources and funding possibilities.Continue reading Local food bank joins Food Banks BC, gains access to greater funding, resources
The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is hoping to reduce logging on Cortes Island by developing more wood products locally.
The organization, in partnership with the local Klahoose First Nation, holds a community forest tenure with the BC Ministry of Forests, covering about 30 per cent of the crown land on the island, according to CCFC President Carrie Saxifrage. Each year the partnership needs to harvest a demonstrable portion of trees under its tenure.Continue reading Community Forest Cooperative seeks proposals to create products from local wood
Cortes Island’s fire chief was dismissed this week ahead after five months on the job.
Dave Ives was a few weeks shy of completing his six month probation as chief of the Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Department.Continue reading Volunteer Fire Department chief let go by the organization’s board of directors