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Now, onwards to our reporting…

Tim Kulchyski, Cowichan Tribes member and fisheries biologist, stands in the Koksilah River in Bright Angel Park.
Tim Kulchyski remembers when you used to be able to pull a 90-pound chinook in the Koksilah River watershed. Nowadays, due in part to the effects of development and climate change, a 10 or 12 pound catch is considered a success.

But Kulchyski, a Cowichan Tribes fisheries biologist and resource consultant, sees hope for a turnaround in the eastern enclave of Vancouver Island — if people can join forces.

The Koksilah lies at the heart of the growing Cowichan Valley. And after decades of logging and development, just one per cent of the watershed remains intact. It’s not just the tree-cutting that’s having an impact: a booming agriculture industry along with a growing number of residents draw on the water from the rivers and aquifers — which are beginning to run dry.

Judith Lavoie captures the tension and hope in this feature in The Narwhal, which is accompanied by stunning photos from Taylor Roades. The piece takes us along the river to meet the biologists, kayakers, vintners and foresters who call the region home.


Take care and collaborate,

Arik Ligeti
Audience engagement editor
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P.S. Speaking of collaboration, we recently told you that we were joining up with The Globe and Mail to share each other’s stories in our respective newsletters. Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer, who lives in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, was in the opinion pages of the paper this past week making the case for protecting the province’s last remaining old-growth. “If these forests are logged, they are gone forever,” he writes. Globe Climate, by the way, shouted out our coverage of the Line 5 pipeline — which also got podcast play on the Big Story! —and our deep dive on environmental racism in its latest edition. BECOME A NARWHAL

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The Tent Mountain project, currently pegged for provincial review, narrowly skirts the production threshold that would automatically trigger a more-stringent federal process
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Yukon election 2021: where the Yukon Party, NDP and Liberals stand on climate and energy issues

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Environment and energy issues can loom large in the North, which is natural resource rich and feeling the impacts of the climate emergency more acutely than the rest of the globe. With a territorial election race under way, here’s where the three major parties stand on climate, land use planning and clean energy. Read more.

How the Tahltan and a B.C. mining company collaborated to protect Mount Edziza from development

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In a rare arrangement, Indigenous, provincial and federal governments have come together with environmental organizations to buy out mineral tenures and create a brand new 3,500-hectare conservancy. Read more.

What we’re reading The Guardian article: There's another pandemic under our noses, and it kills 8.7m people a year Grist and Texas Observer article: Waves of abandonment When you’re just trying to keep up with all the exciting news. Tell your friends to go for a spin around Narlandia and then subscribe to our newsletter. r33

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