Environmental award presented to volunteers

Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee hounoured for year-long efforts to inform the public

The Don Bush Environmental Award has been presented to Lydia Koot and the volunteers of the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee.

The Don Bush Environmental Stewardship Award has been presented to the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee for its  tremendous accomplishments in 2012.

The Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee was formed in July 2011 by local resident, Lydia Koot, in partnership with Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning.

The committee was established in response to a growing number of black bear encounters in the Hope area.

Between 2009 and 2011 the number of bear reports to the Conservation Office Service grew from 50 to over 300 each year.

The committee’s goal is to promote and support the co-existence of black bears and Hope residents through community involvement, education and cooperation.

The organization works along with the District of Hope, Conservation Officer Service, RCMP, First Class Waste, bear safety groups from other communities, local community organizations, local businesses and volunteers.

Koot’s passion to bring about change and prevent the need to destroy bears was contagious.

Volunteers came onboard, the numbers growing to this day to over 30 citizens.

Their yellow shirts identify them as they knock on doors handing out educational materials to the public, make presentations to various groups and pick the fruit off the many trees around town that attract bears into our backyards.

The volunteers have contributed over 1,500 hours during 2012.

Adding to the group’s success is the all the hard work by the District of Hope to install bear signage and bear proof garbage bins around town, the improvements made by First Class Waste to upgrade commercial garbage bins to be bear proof and the collaboration between the RCMP, the Black Bear Committee and the Conservation Office Service.

In the past year, the number of phone calls to the Conservation Office Service has declined from over 300 to only 89 in 2012.

The number of bears needing to be destroyed lowered from six in 2011 to only two this year and a drop in the relocation of bears from two to zero.

Just Posted

Newly elected Hope politicians took part in the Local Government Leadership Academy

The three-day event is aimed at helping new mayors and councillors navigate municipal politics

No records were beat, but Hope’s February temperatures aren’t average

Normally around 3C, the sub-zero temperatures made for both good and bad in the Fraser Valley

New Chilliwack YMCA was ‘worth the wait’ say visitors

Family Day will mark officially opening for new building, after sneak peek tours on Saturday

Opioid overdoses killing three people a month in Chilliwack

35 deaths in 2018 locally compare to 23 in 2017, 13 in 2016 up from about five per year before that

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Pedestrian in serious condition after hit by car downtown Abbotsford

A youth was also hit, suffered minor injuries, police say

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read