North Columbia Environmental Society joins Wildsight

By joining Wildsight, Revelstoke will have a bigger voice in speaking up on issues, says NCES president Kent Christensen

In this Q&A with candidates for city council and mayor, we asked about the environment and arts and culture in Revelstoke. Photo: Wildsight

The North Columbia Environmental Society is now a branch of Wildsight. It was a unanimous decision by both Wildsight and the North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES).

The move had been discussed at length by both organizations over the past few months. NCES voted in favour of becoming part of Wildsight at its annual general meeting. The Wildsight board of directors passed a motion to form a new, sixth branch at its board meeting on January 25.

North Columbia Environmental Society votes in favour of becoming Revelstoke Wildsight branch

“The NCES has spent more than two decades protecting this landscape from rampant industrial tourism development. But capacity for the volunteer organization has stretched thin, while proposals that undermine the ecosystem continue to increase,” notes a joint statement from Wildsight and NCES.

“NCES has a long history of doing good work in their community,” said Wildsight director Casey Brennan. “I have confidence in our folks at the NCES to be able to continue on in that good work as part of the Wildsight family.”

NCES and Wildsight have similar mission statements and have long stood together in support of wilderness protections. Wildsight already has a presence in Revelstoke through environmental education programs, including a pilot Climate Change high school program this past year. Recently, Wildsight has focused  intensely on the region as logging threatens Argonaut Creek – critical caribou habitat in the heart of the Inland Temperate Rainforest.

Wildsight will have a greater capacity at both the branch and the regional level to undertake effective work on sustainable community development, large landscape conservation, and critical habitat protection in this region.

Kent Christensen, NCES president, says the timing was right for this move.

“Development here has happened so quickly, and tourism has increased exponentially in the past 10 to 15 years,” said Christensen. “We were feeling a bit of a loss of capacity. We found it challenging, and defeating, and didn’t feel like we were giving these issues the justice they deserve.”

By joining Wildsight, Christensen says, Revelstoke will have a bigger voice in speaking up on issues.

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