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**NOTE:** The Echo Lake Festival has been postponed until 2016 – wait for future announcements on the new date!
See SPECTACULAR photos of the Echo Lake Ancient Forest at: www.ancientforestalliance.org/photos.php?gID=20
See a Youtube clip of Echo Lake at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPstV14oZ6s
See beautiful photos of eagles at the Harrison-Chehalis estuary at: http://on.fb.me/J2yHAZ
Echo Lake is a magnificent, unprotected lowland ancient rainforest in British Columbia between Mission and Agassiz, east of Vancouver. The region is home to perhaps the largest concentration of bald eagles on Earth, where thousands of eagles come each fall to eat spawning salmon in the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers and hundreds roost in the old-growth trees around Echo Lake at night. It is in the traditional, unceded territory of the Sts’ailes First Nations people.
The BC government recently protected about 55 hectares in Old-Growth Management Area (OGMA) primarily on the south end of Echo Lake, but have excluded important old-growth stands on the west and north sides of the lake, as well as mature forests that buffer the ancient groves and provide important scenery and wildlife habitat around the lake.
In addition, the BC government is currently proposing a Wildlife Management Area to protect the habitats and wildlife of the nearby Harrison-Chehalis Rivers and Estuary which supports the vast numbers of salmon and eagles. This is an important step forward for conservation that will allow the protection of some wildlife, like hundreds of feeding eagles which are often flushed into the air by human disturbance, and will also help protect the wetlands and spawning habitat of wild salmon.
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Save Echo Lake’s Ancient ForestRead the petition
See the various media articles:
- Globe and Mail (March 23, 2015): http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/race-is-on-to-save-fraser-valleys-bald-eagles-echo-lake-old-growth-forest/article23576358/
- Agassiz-Harrison Observer (March 23, 2015): http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/297533481.html
- Global BC TV (March 26, 2015): http://globalnews.ca/news/1906359/clear-cutting-threatens-echo-lake-eagle-colony/
- Agassiz-Harrison Observer (Nov.1, 2013): www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/230277141.html
- BC government’s website on the Harrison-Chehalis Wildlife Management Area: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/habitat/
- Mission City Record (March11, 2013) www.missioncityrecord.com/news/197186041.html
- Global TV (November 3, 2012): www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJcMg48bT10
- Vancouver Sun article (October 11, 2012): www.vancouversun.com/Province+urged+protect+Harrison+eagles/7371025/story.html
- Globe and Mail (October 12, 2012): www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/group-aims-to-protect-eagles-night-roost/article4607788/
- MetroNews (October 12, 2012): http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/401019/campaign-sprouts-up-to-save-echo-lake-old-growth-forest/
- See the Ancient Forest Alliance’s media release about Echo Lake at: www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=483
Echo Lake is also home to bears, cougars, bobcats, deer, mountain goats, and osprey, and was historically populated by the critically endangered northern spotted owl.
In a region largely converted to second-growth tree plantations, one small gem of the classic lowland old-growth temperate rainforest remains – Echo Lake. Across southern BC well over 80% of the original, productive old-growth forests have already been logged.
Across much of BC old-growth forests are now gravely endangered due to decades of overcutting. Old-growth forests support endangered species, wildlife, tourism, recreation, clean water, the climate, and many First Nations cultures. (Sign the online petition to protect all of BC’s endangered old-growth forests at www.AncientForestPetition.com)
MAKE your VOICE HEARD! Please WRITE an EMAIL or SEND a MESSAGE to the BC government.
If you can WRITE an EMAIL, please ask the BC government to:
– Expand the boundaries of the proposed Old-Growth Management Area at Echo Lake to include all of its surrounding old-growth and mature forests on public lands, including those on the north and west sides of the lake. This plan could entail shifting the current logging licensee’s boundaries into second-growth forests in another area, out of the old-growth and mature forests around Echo Lake. Lowland old-growth forests are extremely rare today, and Echo Lake is globally important for roosting bald eagles.
– Implement the Harrison-Chehalis Wildlife Management Area to increase protection for the habitat and wildlife in a region where thousands of bald eagles congregate to fish during the annual salmon spawn.
– Establish a Provincial Old-Growth Strategy to protect endangered old-growth forests across British Columbia, while ensuring sustainable logging in second-growth forests and ending the export of raw, unprocessed logs to foreign mills in order to sustain BC forestry jobs.
- Enrique Sanchez, Chilliwack District Old-Growth Management Areas (OGMA’s) – Public Review Coordinator Enrique.Sanchez@gov.bc.ca
- Jeff Juthans, Regional Initiatives Office, South Coast Region, Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Jeff.Juthans@gov.bc.ca
And CC your email to:
- Steve Thomson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations: FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
- Mary Polak, BC Minister of the Environment: ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca
- Christy Clark, Premier of BC: Premier@gov.bc.ca
- Norm MacDonald, BC Opposition Forests Critic: Norm.MacDonald.email@example.com
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