Beautiful BC! One of our all time favourite past times in our spectacular province is going out and exploring new places and areas we have not visited before. Of course we have a few special destinations we return to each year but there is always so much to see and enjoy.
on which all life depends
have become global garbage cans"
~ Jacques Y. Cousteau (1910 - 1997)
Beautiful BC - Why I Love Where I Live:
Incredible, seemingly never-ending superb scenery:
BC Ecosystems, Wildlife & Trees
"British Columbia is home to tens of thousands of plant and animal species living in a rich diversity of habitats and ecosystems ... and some are at risk of disappearing from our province." Province of BC government information.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and urban trees are critical to human health and well-being. Trees provide shade, mitigate floods, absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂), filter air pollution and provide habitats for birds, mammals and other plants.
~ Mathias Disney, "The Conversation" June 27, 2018
Recently, with changes in many local community plans, private small acreages are being developed for high density homes. Even though trees are required to be planted to replace trees removed during development, forests and ecosystems take decades to regrow.
Hopefully, local and provincial councils will set aside natural and treed habitats for wildlife corridors for species to thrive including humans. Development in our cities and surrounding areas, may be unavoidable but conserving and maintaining of ecosystems for our grandchildren and those who follow should also be part of the plan.
Special thanks to Ken, my guest photographer - fabulous photos of the Pine Marten and Moose.
Links & References:
- Urban Forests can store almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests by Dr Mathias Disney, 2016
- Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project (2015) Valuing London's Urban Forests
- A Citizen’s Guide to Pesticide Use & the Law in BC including toxic herbicides used on forested land and right of ways
- Ad: "People start pollution. People can stop it" (1971 Video 1 minute)
- Learning to Recognize Trees in BC
- Cut Down a Forest, Let It Grow Back, And Even 30 Years Later It’s Not the Same
- Images of West Coast BC & Beyond to Celebrate Canada 150 (2017)
- Why I love Where I Live #2 British Columbia (2015)
- Fall is a good time to visit a Salmon Hatchery (CAP 2013)
- Beautiful British Columbia (CAP 2013)
- Suggestions for non-profit organizations to give to, volunteer with :
- Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C.
- Chapman Creek Hatchery, Sunshine Coast Salmon Enhancement
- Nature Trust of B.C.
- Sierra Club of B.C.
- Ducks Unlimited in British Columbia
- Pacific Salmon Foundation
"Climate Change is not some far-off problem;
it is happening here, it is happening now"
~ Barack Obama, President United States of America
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