Photo: Laureen Carruthers Photography
We work within the community, with the community, to maintain and enhance the health of the environment as the basis of a strong economy and vital society.
to provide conservation education to all sectors of the Cariboo Chilcotin public with the aim of changing behaviours to protect our natural environment;
to heighten awareness around issues affecting land, water, air, and climate;
to inspire stewardship and careful exploration of the Cariboo Chilcotin region via species and ecosystems education; and
to leverage our stewardship efforts by taking action and working with like-minded partners in our region
The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Council is formed to represent conservation interests of the region at the Commission On Resources and Environment (CORE). The CCCC is very involved in the development of the Cariboo Chilcotin Land Use Plan which was released in 1994.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS) is incorporated.
CCCS sets a priority on the area of parks/protected areas and watersheds. Since 2003, CCCS has produced the “Conservation Field Guide” now a 104-page booklet, available for free, with interpretation and photographs of the region's natural wonders as well as tips and advice for enjoying nature sustainably.
CCCS begins a research project in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, trapping for Interior Coho Salmon, and identifying the specific salmon within the streams in our region emptying into the Fraser River. Over the three years of collecting research one thing was for certain: these streams were definitely feeling the impact of drought, some actually running dry by early June. CCCS decided to address our watershed issues immediately.
The Water Wise program is formed by CCCS with a focus on promoting healthy watersheds by educating and empowering students, residents, businesses, and organizations to conserve water and become conscious of wastewater issues. This program was originally supported by an EcoAction grant and contributions from local groups and individuals, and continues with funding support from the City of Williams Lake, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. A separate but complementary program, Watershed Health Education, also runs under CCCS with support from the Province of BC Gaming funds.
BC Parks approaches the CCCS to combine the signs at the Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park into a concise kiosk. The JSRP is viewed as a high priority area, being the home of the California Bighorn Sheep and numerous other grassland species, including several rare and endangered species.
The Waste Wise program is formed by CCCS - a sister program to Water Wise - by request of the City of Williams Lake with the aim to educate and empower students, residents, businesses, and organizations to reduce waste and become conscious of waste issues. In 2011, the Cariboo Regional District saw the benefits of the program in action and partnered with the Conservation Society allowing Waste Wise to be expanded to any school in SD 27 or 28 that has CRD students enrolled. With support from the Province of BC Gaming funds, a separate but complementary program, Sustainable Life Education, is also now running and includes ecosystems modules delivered in partnership with the regional outdoor school, Gavin Lake, as well as various outreach initiatives on sustainable living such as Bikes for All, Skates for All, Food for All, and Leaf Litter Collection.
CCCS opens a semi-permanent salmon and habitat health-themed art exhibit at the Sam Ketcham pool in Williams Lake. The pieces were commissioned by CCCS and purchased from local artists with funding support from the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District via the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society. Additional funds were received from the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Facts about salmon are posted throughout the exhibit.
CCCS opens their Hydrology Trail in partnership with the Community Forest and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The 45-minute easy walk (off Bysak Road in the Esler area of Williams Lake) has eight stops along the way highlighting the essential role that forests and trees play in the movement and regulation of the planet's water supply.
For years, we have been working alongside the Secwépemc, Tŝilhqot'in, Dakelh, and Nuxalk nations, striving to protect the lands and waters of their traditional unceded territories. Our approach at CCCS is to provide education about how to be more respectful of the environment. Acknowledging the tragedies endured by residential school students and offering our support in the process of reconciliation is a fundamental aspect of this work.