It’s a quiet day for sustainability news here in the Northwest, which meant a long hunt for the Tidepool editor this morning.
Today’s top story at Tidepool illustrates a new trend for funding parks in California. The solution could apply to other places in our region dealing with population growth and sprawl. In a related article, the Portland-area Metro Council has chosen six tracts of land they would purchase if voters approve an open-space bond measure in November.
Also, the B.C. government has agreed to protect 138,000 acres of forest in Haida Gwaii. The article is just a short note, really, but the news is significant. I would like to see a longer article exploring the Haida’s unique and exemplaryconservation efforts, and the strategic role played by Guujaaw, their Council President. Why hasn’t this been covered? In case Northwest-coast culture interests you, a piece ran in the Globe and Mail this week on my favorite Haida artist, Robert Davidson.
One last note: Yesterday was Endangered Species Day. Did you even know there was an endangered species day? The Tri-City Herald ran an editorial about the plight of Hanford’s charismatic minor-fauna, the genetically unique pygmy rabbit, which is nearly extinct.
michael nicoll yahgulanaas
careful attention to the way we use language helps us more accurately perceive a situation-The BC government may have agreed to protect certain lands on my home island, however it is more accurate to say that BC has agreed to stop its efforts to destroy certain lands. The protection of these lands from BC sponsored harm was the result of work of Haida citizens and our allies.Yes I am shaving one side of a hair here but after 30 years of working as a Haida I am rather relucant to so easily proclaim the BC government was protecting anything except its immediate electoral sightlines.Call me unevolved-because this really is good newsvery good newsmny