May 2 2023. BC tackles methane gas in homes and buildings. Smithers chokes on slash burning, pellets. Kootenay Lake summit.



 Last week Nelson City Council’s Committee of the Whole had two big presentations about using natural gas, called methane in Nelson buildings.   The same discussion is happening in communities all over BC.  Sue Kirschman from First Things First Okanagan explains why it’s such a big issue.

The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society is holding it’s annual Summit on May 25th Joelle Burnie talks about what’s up with the lake this year.

We’ve had several experts and guests on the show before talking about the exploding wood pellet export industry in BC.  Len Vanderstar from the Bulkley Valley Clean Air Now explains how the new pellet plant in Smithers has not reduced slash burning smoke problems in their region. 

Last Stand West Kootenay calls for input into forest management plan for the Little Slocan Valley.




National webinar featuring one of BC’s hardest working environmental leaders Guy Dauncey.   Citizens Climate Lobby Canada is tapping Guy Dauncey’s expertise to talk about Inflation Central Banks and the Climate Crisis.


Thursday, May 4. 3 pm and 6:30 pm

Columbia Basin Trust Nelson Open House & Community Conversation at Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson – Attend for a chance to WIN a $500 gift certificate to a Basin business.

Drop in anytime, registration NOT required. Afternoon Open House from 3 pm to 6 pm

Evening Guided Conversation from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: come visit with friends, family and Trust staff and share what’s important to you and your community,



West Kootenay Climate Hub noon hour webinar features Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health

Learn about some of the great things that members of the health care community are doing to push for climate action.  You can register at check Events.


Tuesday May 16 7:30 p.m.

Terry Nelson and Big Trees of the Inland Rain Forest at

Five years ago, Fernie resident Terry Nelson undertook an adventure of epic proportions—to seek out the largest, most awe-inspiring trees in the British Columbia interior to raise public awareness about the importance of old-growth forests. He documented his findings in the new book, Big Trees of the Inland Temperate Forests of British Columbia. Terry presents the book and photographs at Nelson United Church at 7:30 pm. 


May is Invasive Species Month

May is Invasive Species Awareness month in BC and the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society is going strong

CKISS is hosting a community weed pull at Pulpit Rock in Nelson on May 7 and a “Broom Bash and Weaving Workshop” in Kootenay Bay on May 31.

A CKISS Outreach Booth will be set up for Critter Day on May 13 at Beaver Creek Provincial Park. and again at Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest on May 27. In addition, 

CKISS will also be visiting schools and community groups to offer presentations, field trips, weed pulls and native planting activities.



Public input on Slocan logging until May 15

Last Stand West Kootenay has just launched a campaign on protecting much of the Little Slocan watershed from destructive clear-cutting.  Logging giant Interfor holds two giant so called Tree Farm licenses in the region Tree Farm License #3 contains the Russel Creek and Koch Creek watersheds.  By law the corporation has to invite public comment and the period for input only runs until May 15th.

Russell Creek* & Koch Creek (in TFL3) are some of the most intact and diverse areas of the Slocan Valley *with ancient trees and rare nominations to the UBC Big Tree Registry (Council of Elders, Tupa, Pillar tree).

I’ll put up links to the campaign and the Streamkeepers on our Show for this week.

Last Stand West kootenay points out All comments will be included in the final plan and reviewed by INTERFOR and the BC CHIEF FORESTER. This is one of the rare times where public opinion must be taken into consideration.

Management Plan #11 and Information Package for TLF 3 (Little Slocan)

More information and a LETTER TEMPLATE and SUGGESTIONS at Last Stand West Kootenay Facebook Page

Address your email to :

Interfor’s staff RPF.

For maximum effect, also CC :

Interfor’s Woodlands Manager

Kootenay Boundary District Manager

The Slocan River Streamkeepers have much more information on their website.]

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