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Winter seems like it has finally arrived so we can break out the snow shovels and hopefully some recreational gear to enjoy the great Cariboo winter landscape. C.C.C.S. has had a productive fall season, with several successful gleaning weekends at Earl Wilson’s Silver Birch Ranch. The Potato House root cellar is full of potatoes and carrots for the winter. This winter we will work on a realistic distribution system to supply the local food banks , local charities and assist the local Grower’s Coop in any way we can. The biggest challenge facing local producers is winter food storage. If we can meet community needs on this scale for several years we will have established a foundational argument to build a bigger independent community root cellar. I would also like to urge our membership to not forget about the Grower’s Coop this time of year. It is open all winter with somewhat reduced hours and your support will help group our community food base. Board members continue to promote resource stewardship with industry where we can. Passive treatment of mining waste water is something we have been trying to initiate at both Gibraltar Mine and Mt. Polley for several years. It is finally translating into some actual work at Mt. Polley but not at the pace we would prefer. The appeal process for Atlantic Power’s rail tie permits continues so we will work towards a better outcome on that front also. Two thousand and seventeen will be a transition year for C.C.C.S. Marg Evans is retiring in December, so we are losing the motor that has made our December, 2016 A Word from Our President I NSI DE THIS ISS UE: President’s Report 1 Coordinator’s Update 2 Intro: Our New Sustainable Life Educator 4 Sustainable Life Ed 5 Water Wise Update 7 Waste Wise Update 10 Grants & Funding 11 Update Have you renewed your membership? Form is on pg. 11 News from CCCS By Bill Lloyd COVER PHOTO: 2016 6th Annual Earth Friendly Holiday Event at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre (photo by: CCCS) CCS Board President, Bill Lloyd, shows one of our Earth Friendly Holiday Event goers how to construct a critter house! Coordinator’s Update By Marg Evans Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 2 ship run for the past fifteen years. She has been a steadying influence at the helm and mentor to staff and directors in guiding us through whatever difficulties arise. I want to wish her and Don well in the future and I trust she will be around for advice if we stray off course. That said, I would like to welcome Vanessa Moberg on board as our new Coordinator/Administrator and lead on Sustainable Life Education. Vanessa comes to us with an impressive background in non-profit management and an obvious passion for environmental education Her engaging personality and enthusiasm are definitely contagious and should blend well with our tremendous staff. I think it is always important to embrace change if we can and I am very optimistic about our future. Jenny Howell, our long time Water Wise Instructor, will step up as Senior Staff. I would like to take this time to wish all the membership, the board and staff and all their families a Happy Holiday Season. Thanks to everyone for your loyal support throughout the year. Have a great winter. Bill Lloyd, CCCS Board President Transitions and Sustainable Living It was mid-October back in 2002 when I began my career as Education Coordinator with CCCS. This 14+ year journey has been an incredible one. With a background in Environmental Education and Wildlife Research, I soon faced a massive learning curve, never before having worked with or been apart of a Board. Also, the stressful world of book keeping, financials, administration and grant writing were mine to explore and for the Society’s sake, accomplish. While I was familiar with our regions species at risk and some of the related land based habitat obstacles faced within our region, there was much more to learn regarding our watersheds, water conservation, and fish habitat. Years of working on the parks & protected area field guides expanded my knowledge of the incredibly magnificent spaces available to me and my family to visit in the Cariboo Chilcotin. From ice caves to grasslands, fjord lakes to old growth forests, spawning salmon runs to viewing grizzlies and the broad collection of wildlife in our area, I truly enjoyed working on the guides. As well, the art exhibits depicting our region through the eyes of our local talent was an amazing way to interconnect with our community while promoting our natural environment. I became infatuated by the concepts of xeriscape landscaping and gardening with native species and drought hardy plants. Then my introduction to invasive plants and species was added to the mix of issues and concerns. So along with my increasing knowledge came the deepening sense of responsibility to protect all of this. I shifted into waste reduction, composting, increased my repurposing and continue to try to reduce my ‘footprint’. Living on less will be a part of my future, and there will be great incentive to explore sustainable living to its limit! I look forward to assisting Vanessa, as our new coordinator and sustainable life educator, expand and grow with CCCS. Marg Evans, exploring coastal waters. We’ll miss you, Marg! Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 3 She has an amazing staff and board to work with, and their knowledge and support, along with other members and volunteers that keep CCCS going strong, will continue to give to her what I have appreciated over these past years- a wonderful, meaningful work environment. So it is ‘farewell’ as a staff member, but ‘I am still here’ as a CCCS volunteer and mentor as needed. Looking forward to this next stage in my life, and have only gratitude for the past 14 years here. Have a wonderful holiday season, and all the best for 2017. - Marg Evans, CCCS Ex. Director/Education Coordinator Introducing Our New Sustainable Life Educator by Vanessa Moberg On June 28, 2014 (my birthday) I boarded a tiny expedition-style cruise ship in St. John’s, Newfoundland headed for the remote Torngat Mountains of Northern Labrador. As the Marketing Manager for Cruise Newfoundland & Labrador, I had just finished delivering a speech to a crowd of VIP’s at dockside when I noticed a cameraman whom I didn’t recognize from any of the local news outlets. In an attempt to be a good marketer, I introduced myself to this mystery cameraman later that day aboard the ship. He turned out to be Robert Moberg, a filmmaker from the central interior of British Columbia who had been hired by the expedition company to document the voyage. I did not know it that day, but exactly 15 weeks later, we would marry at Farwell Canyon. Being a transplanted Newfoundlander, I thought I would never clear the salt water from my veins. I was surprised (shocked, really) to become immediately and irreversibly lovesick with the Cariboo Chilcotin. Having spent our first two years of marriage hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and skating the region, I felt a strong sense of stewardship for the wildlife and ecosystems of my new home. I have always been an environmentalist at heart. As a child, after seeing a film on the wolf cull, I declared to the world that I would become an animal rights activist when I grew up. In university, I joined environmental groups, became a vegan, and protested dams that were to be built in Belize by Fortis. My first job out of university was as Executive Director of Computers for Schools Newfoundland & Labrador. Our mandate was to refurbish donated computers and distribute them to schools, libraries, and not-for-profit groups. CFS computers accounted for roughly 60% of the technology in Newfoundland & Labrador schools. We were proud to be extending the life of computer equipment through re-use, but because there was no provincial e- waste recycling program at the time, we found that schools were being held accountable by default for the e- waste problem simply because they are the ones left holding the computers at the end of their useful lives. To address this problem, we initiated a project which allowed us to provide a recycling service to any schools in the province looking for an environmentally sound alternative to dispose of their older computers. The response was overwhelming. During the first two years, we sent over 200,000 pounds of e-waste to a qualified recycler in Quebec. The program continues to this day (some 11 years later) with 45,000 refurbished computers delivered to schools and 2 million pounds of e-waste recycled, just in Newfoundland & Labrador alone. New CCCS team member, Vanessa Moberg! This fall was year two of CCCS’s gleaning program underway once again at Silver Birch Farm (farmer Earl Wilson donating) for two weekends, and at Ross Macoubrey’s garden (to assist in harvesting) for food bank donated root crops. Our first weekend was a rainy one, but despite this, we had over a dozen volunteers, including families, out pulling carrots, digging up potatoes and collecting squash. With over 3,500 pounds of potatoes and carrots harvested, we are feeling very grateful for the new Root Cellar! After a year of planning and false starts, this summer Bill Lloyd had all the plans drawn up and permits underway for the root cellar. Original plans were for the City owned building (Jubilee Place), but with the sale of this site, we were afraid another long delay was eminent. Then Mary suggested- why not the basement of the Potato House? Makes sense, after all –potatoes stored in the Potato House! So PH members quickly cleared out the space and Bill and fellow CCCS Board members Rodger Hamilton and Rick Dawson got to work building the root cellar. By summer’s end it was ready to receive the first batch of potatoes and carrots. Two 4-horse trailer loads of potatoes made their way to the PH, and a dozen or so volunteers unloaded them. No sooner had we begun to unload but our first Sustainable Life Education By Marg Evans organization, St Vincent de Paul, arrived to fill their trunk with boxes of potatoes. We also decided it would be a good move to store root crops for the Cariboo Growers, supporting local producers who often don’t have the space for over winter storage. Over the winter when the local food banks fresh supply of food dwindles, we are happy the stored food from Cariboo farms will not become ‘food waste’, but nourish families in need! It was an amazing experience collecting masses of potatoes and carrots, rather like Easter egg hunting. My own garden certainly never produces quite the bounty, so there is much to learn on gardening in the Cariboo and gleaning will definitely be on my fall ‘be sure to do’ list! Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 4 One of the strengths that I feel I bring to this position is experience in running not-for-profit organizations, having managed both Computers for Schools and the Cruise Association of Newfoundland & Labrador. I was quite lucky in both cases to be able to take over organizations that were in a certain degree of trouble - funding about to lapse, lack of trust in previous staff members, and general disarray. I'm not one to back down from a challenge or to accept failure, so it was relatively easy for me to play the role of saviour and come out smelling like a rose. However, I do not have this luxury with CCCS! I may be new, but I DO know that I have big shoes to fill this time around. With 14+ years of CCCS accomplishments behind her, Marg Evans has been steadfast in her love for nature, unwavering in her dedication to the environment, and tireless in her pursuit of sustainability. I know she is beloved. All I can hope is to put my best foot forward, follow in Marg's footsteps, and leave no footprints behind. Thank you, Marg, for being such an inspiration. I truly can’t wait to get started with Jenny, Mary, and Brianna, along with the board, volunteers, supporters, and stakeholders of the CCCS. This my dream job – thank you for bringing me aboard! Vanessa Moberg, Coordinator and Sustainable Life Educator CCCS Board, staff, and volunteers pick a beauty day to pick hundreds of pounds of potatoes and carrots! Waste Wise's Sustainable Education arm, Bikes for All, donated 7 adult bikes to Soda Creek Indian Band Xatsu'll for their trail crew. With a new fantastic downhill trail from Blue Lake right to their heritage site with lots of technical features some of the trail crew did not even have a bike to commute to work on. These 7 bikes were well received and have happy homes, riding not only to work but also with their kids and one even wwent for a ride on the new trail...and survived the experience! Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 5 Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 6 6th Annual Earth Friendly Holiday Event The Earth Friendly event definitely is one of our most fun filled ways of sharing sustainable living practices in the community. Often beginning on ‘Black Friday’ weekend, when frenzied, often financially strapped families are out trying to save the most money. At the Earth Friendly, everything is FREE and mostly provided by nature. Even the snacks are locally baked or grown! CCCS is always busy in the wreath making room where the scents of cedar, pine, spruce and fir boughs are mounted on repurposed fencing wire and bike rims. Upstairs the CCCS creations included the ever popular critter homes, cone mice and hedgehogs, recycled scarfs made from old t-shirts, and natural room deodorizers. Delicate table centres made from old braille magazines and filled with boughs, berries and grasses, as well as re- cycled baskets filled with greenery and cinnamon were a hit. More nature craft was found at the Scout Island naturalist table, where bird feeders were popular, the rich suet is bound to be appreciated by local birds. The Community Arts Council’s potters, weavers and artists were busy creating tree ornaments and holiday crafts while carolers provided ambience throughout the centre. CAC also provided a basket for donations of toques, scarfs, mitts and warm winter wear to hang about town this winter, in their “Giving Trees”. These items are free for those who need them, and often are retrieved almost as quickly as they go up. Xatsul’ crafters once again provided instruction on beautiful dream catchers. Many people commented on how this was their favourite holiday event, particularly since it provided a creative outlet for all ages. Having too much fun in the very popular wreath-making room, at the 2016 Earth Friendly Holiday Event! Earth Friendly pinecone mice are easy to make, and just too adorable! Check out more Earth Friendly Holiday Event pictures here! (all photos by CCCS) The school year always begins for me with two months at Gavin Lake. This year twenty six classes ran through the Gavin Lake Fall program, with schools from the Williams Lake area and 100 Mile region (School District 27), Quesnel/Wells/Nazko (SD 28), and Cache Creek, Lillooet and Ashcroft areas (SD 74). The Conservation Society sponsors two modules each year; this fall they were ‘the Perfect Stream’ taught by Karla Van Diest, and ‘Wetlands’ which I modified this year to include more about wetland plants. In the Perfect Stream, students learn what trout and aquatic insects need to flourish in their environment as well as the importance of water quality. They then build a model of a ‘perfect stream’ using materials such as rocks and branches to create cover/shade/changes in water flow in their creek (made from blue boards). ‘Wetlands’ discusses the importance of wetlands in ecosystem health and maintaining water quality, starting with using a watershed model that demonstrates how a marsh works to clean and filter water. Students learn some of the plants and their specific roles in creating habitat and keeping water clean. They also examine some of the ‘mud’ of the wetlands under a microscope to see the substrate and microorganisms present and to learn to appreciate the work of these ‘unseen’ organisms. Ecosystems Outdoor Education By Jenny Howell Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 7 Class at Gavin Lake, preparing to embark on some ecosystems outdoor ed! We then follow the boardwalk through the Gavin Lake wetland, identifying different areas of the wetland, and looking for the new plants that they have just learned about. Along the way, students observe beaver canals and lodges, which leads to discussions of how beavers help create wetlands and how their role as a keystone species affects the health of other species. Planning has started for this year’s Earth Challenge, which will be at Columneetza on April 21st. At the teachers’ request, all the grade 7 classes will be participating again, so I am in the process of booking instructors and community science demonstrators. As in previous years, categories for instruction and study will be ‘Air’, ‘Water’, ‘Waste’, ‘Invasive Plants’ and ‘Nature’. As part of the ‘Nature’ instruction, students will also spend a day at Scout Island. Watershed Health In my year pattern, once Gavin Lake sessions are finished, it is time to get back in the classroom. Through November and December I have visited twenty one different classes with twelve of these classes down in 100 Mile. 100 Mile Elementary has become a ‘Wild’ School, so there is a lot of support from teachers for the Water Wise program and I had a presentation in every class in the school. One of the most popular module ‘props’ I have is the groundwater tank, which demonstrates what an aquifer looks like and with the addition of different colours of dye can show how water travels underground and how pollutants can disperse. Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 8 Our new mini-aquifer model, with rain feature, provided by a Pacific Salmon Foundation grant. This year we were fortunate to get a new groundwater tank to replace our old and much used (and loved) one that was starting to show signs of wear. The new tank also has a ‘rainmaker’ attachment, which is a great visual, allowing water droplets to come down from clouds and land on the ground where it soaks downwards. I am finding it very helpful to have both tanks as there are times I have consecutive classes that I want to use the tank in but with no time to empty/clean and move it. Now that there are two tanks I am able to pre-set one up in a class that I will get to later in the day. The older one allows a bit of dye to leak between layers, but is still functioning enough at this stage to be a back- up. The classroom modules I teach are ‘Water Chemistry’, ‘The Water Cycle and groundwater’ and ‘Watersheds’. Each module has its own focus, but in every class we always discuss where water comes from, where it goes and the importance of conservation and keeping water clean for all species. Apart from the tanks, I have many other useful models, such as a 3D watershed model that demonstrates how contaminants run over land into water, and a bag of hard hats that I use to dress kids up as human being H2Os so we can become the three states of water. I have noticed that many of the grade 1 and 2 teachers are specifically booking the water chemistry module this year as it ties in exactly with the new curriculum. In this module there is also an experiment that shows how various things can get ‘mixed’ in to water, which may in turn impact aquatic species and watershed health. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions for the Water Wise program: email@example.com Jenny Howell Water Wise Instructor A second portion of our Pacific Salmon Foundation grant allowed us to create this new Salmonids of the Cariboo Chilcotin display, as well as a 10 part salmon bookmark series. Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 9 A summary of our current system imitates the car industry assembly line- where design has been subjugated by mass production and industry, and frames products with discrete parts and functions made of all different materials. Neri proposes an upcoming apex of industrial revolution-designing out of parts towards a linear approach, to design away from “Take, make, use and toss”. Designers can analyse the environment with very fine details, but are currently not incorporating adaption to the two true properties of Nature: 1. Property variation 2. Multi functionality Neri and her team are working to move designers to design without parts that can vary their properties forever. A new way for designing objects that are not just shape but functional, a 4th industrial revolution. Moving as designers towards synthetic biological (4 base pairs) away from computational and manufacturing based design. From “Nature Inspired Design” to “Design Inspired Nature”. Using Bitmap 3D technology printing it appeared to me as magical as “Mirror Mirror on the Wall” but instead it is “Printer Printer on my Desk”. Printing with cellulose, calcium carbonate, chitosan and more. What is Chitosan you ask? Neri is also tackling food waste: shrimp shells ground down and reprinted, both strong and compliant, with a barrier and a filte, this technology can get rid of plastics all together. “Chitosan” , biocompatible and biodegradeable. No recycling at all: start as biocompatible. All this time I have been thinking of landfills as a future resource that will be mined or recycled/repurposed one day in the future but have not gone to the next step of “into what?” But know I know. After attending a presentation by Neri I am confident we can bring these products back into our life stream using design. AMAZING!!! I took 11 typed pages of notes at the Vancouver Zero Waste Conference and will continue sharing these stories and successes with our schools, and will fuel my fire to keep all of us moving forward with smiles on our faces and a song in our heart for humanity’s future. This holiday, give yourself the gift of education and share what inspires you with family and friends. Mary Forbes, Waste Wise Instructor Waste Wise Update By Mary Forbes I recently attended the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste conference in early November and was blown away by the speaker list, including such big players as Lego, Hewlett Packard and the Government of Canada. I was thrilled to learn that there is now a National Zero Waste Council whose mandate is to advocate for a food donor tax incentive to donate nutritious food to designated facilities, the result would tackle some of our most deplorable food waste issues. But when the key note speaker Neri Oxman (who presented by video conference saving the air travel), who in the words of Wikipedia “Is an American–Israeli architect, designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering” essentially growing buildings instead of building them. Using durable materials that can be eaten at end of life in what she calls a “Material Ecology”. WHOA! Mind blown! I am only just starting to understand all of her incredible work after a month of contemplation. It was like watching every episode of Star Trek come to life, that we really can boldly go where no woman has gone before (sorry Star Wars fans, I have revealed my allegiance). To best bring you up to speed I have included a link here of her TED talk: www.ted.com/speakers/neri_oxman . Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 10 Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society 102 – 197 Second Ave N Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z5 The City of Williams Lake: two Fee for Services, one to assist in the running of the Water Wise program in the schools and community of Williams Lake. This funding ($38,600) assures the continuity of the education program which engages all ages in water conservation and provides tools for easy ways to save water. The second is for our Waste Wise program, an education program focused on reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink ($24,500) Cariboo Regional District ($27,000): a Regional Waste Wise Fee for Service allows us to travel around the region with our classroom Waste Wise Program and attend events within the region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has approved for the 2016-17 year $5,500 as well as has supported our Pacific Salmon Foundation grant with an additional $350 for the Salmon signage. These funds provide additional hours in the community concerned with watersheds- eg. Wake Alert articles, Waterfront Living Ed, storm drain awareness and Salmonids education. Gaming Grant: CCCS received $20,000 in October for our Watershed Health, which includes Water Wise classes for regional schools, and our Sustainable Life Education program which includes our Outdoor Ed modules at Gavin and waste reduction through community programs such as Bikes for All, Skates for All, Food Waste (Gleaning/root cellar), Earth Friendly Event and more! Pacific Salmon Foundation approved a grant for $3,500 for a Salmonids of the Cariboo Chilcotin display, salmon facts bookmarks and a replacement Mini-aquifer with added rain feature, as our old model has been so well used it had begun to disintegrate! We are very grateful for the funding support of these organizations, providing us with the opportunity to continue the ongoing work of assuring future generations have a healthy environment in which to live. Memberships & Donations Our organization runs by the power of thousands of volunteer hours and donated materials. Memberships and donations contribute to our continuing services to the community in conservation work, and public education and awareness. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm! For an annual membership or donation, please fill out the form below and either mail or drop off to the CCCS office (address at left). If a membership is not right for you, please consider passing it along to a friend! You can also give us a call at 250.398.7929. Circle Membership Type: Individual: $15.00 Family: $20.00 Senior/Student: $5.00 Group/Business: $30.00 Donations: $20.00 ____ $35.00 ____ $50.00 ____ $100 ____ Other amount ___________ Name: __________________________________________________________________ Contact (for Business only) __________________________________________________ Tel: ________________________ Email: __________________________________________________ Note the CCCS memberships begin June 1st and run to May 31st. Midterm membership fees will be adjusted accordingly. 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Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Page 10 Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society 102 – 197 Second Ave N Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z5 The City of Williams Lake: two Fee for Services, one to assist in the running of the Water Wise program in the schools and community of Williams Lake. This funding ($38,600) assures the continuity of the education program which engages all ages in water conservation and provides tools for easy ways to save water. The second is for our Waste Wise program, an education program focused on reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink ($24,500) Cariboo Regional District ($27,000): a Regional Waste Wise Fee for Service allows us to travel around the region with our classroom Waste Wise Program and attend events within the region. Fisheri