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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    than any other part of the province its rivers are without dams and largely unpolluted and it is still rich in natural resources Compared to other parts of the world there are many options available to us In 1996 a number of northwest First Nations and environmental leaders came together with scientists to form a non profit organization called the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research Board members are from the

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    world there are many options available to us First Nations people make up over 30 per cent of the Northwest s population and land claim discussions are well advanced in much of the region Transferring responsibility for management of land and resources has already begun and will continue in years to come an important opportunity to enhance land management policies in the region The Northwest has a history of First Nations and environmentalists working together Examples include opposing the proposed supertanker port in Kitimat protecting South Morseby Island Gwaii Haanas and opposing the Kemano II project In these cases motivation came from an outside threat Now there is a desire to move beyond simply reacting to take a more proactive role in identifying values and supporting resource use that is ecologically sound and supports communities In 1996 a number of northwest First Nations and environmental leaders came together with scientists to form a non profit organization called the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research Board members are from the Hazelton Smithers area and an advisory council with representatives from throughout the region as well as from a variety of disciplines has been established The Northwest Institute seeks to Undertake research and

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    J Burton Ph D R P Bio is a forest ecologist who now splits his time between Smithers and Terrace B C He was born in Saskatchewan where he obtained his B Sc in 1978 After graduate studies in the United States he worked as a mine reclamation consultant in Alberta and taught silviculture at the University of British Columbia until 1995 when he moved his family to Smithers Phil is interested in all aspects of vegetation dynamics forest regeneration and sustainability He has published more than 60 scientific papers and book chapters on these topics He and his wife Carla have also conducted research on the production of native grass and legume seed the biology of berry producing shrubs forest stand edge effects and various aspects of ecological restoration He led the editorial team for the book Towards Sustainable Management of the Boreal Forest 2003 NRC Research Press Ottawa and co authored the book Salvage Logging and its Ecological Consequences 2008 Island Press From 2003 to 2012 he worked for the Canadian Forest Service investigating the recovery dynamics of forests affected by mountain pine beetle and fire and the natural disturbance regimes of northern British Columbia Dedicated to the integration of conservation biology and bioregionalism in landscape planning and resource management Phil is an Associate Professor and Northwest Regional Chair at the University of Northern British Columbia See his recent essay proposing a greater link between regional ecology sustainability and governance A proposal for Senate reform at http northword ca opinion a proposal for senate reform let canadas senate really represent the region Phil was a founding director of the Northwest Institute and also of the Wilp Sa Maa y Harvesting Cooperative and the B C Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration He enjoys skiing cycling canoeing and gardening as time permits Richard Overstall Richard Overstall practices law with the firm Buri Overstall in Smithers with a particular interest in aboriginal and natural resource law For 25 years Richard has acted as a researcher negotiator and lawyer for a number of aboriginal groups He was the research director for the Gitxsan and Wet suwet en peoples in their Delgamuukw court action and subsequently helped with treaty and other negotiations particularly in the areas of self government land and resources In the course of this work he helped design a number of effective programs including those in restorative justice wildlife habitat mapping and ecosystem based territory management He also assisted as co producer and script writer for two documentary films on the Gitxsan aboriginal rights and title struggle His academic publications include co authorship of the book Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed as well as peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the use of statistics to evaluate DNA evidence in criminal cases the use of the trust as an interface between aboriginal and western legal orders and an account of Gitxsan concepts of property Kathleen Ruff Kathleen Ruff is a longtime human rights activist She has worked

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    this area Morice River has formed a wide floodplain that contains numerous active secondary channels log jams and wetlands that comprise the core spawning and rearing habitat for Morice River fish populations Schwab 2011 indicates that slope instability in this area has the potential to rupture the proposed pipelines This report examines the implications of a pipeline rupture and subsequent clean up efforts to river processes fish and fish habitat Download Report 9 2Mb PDF Jan 12 2012 Media Release PDF Analysis of Skeena River Tributaries Downstream from the Proposed Enbridge Pipeline 2011 Jack A Stanford and Diane C Whited were contracted by the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research Smithers BC to use existing databases to produce a series of maps describing the geomorphology of tributaries of the Skeena River British Columbia that will be crossed by the proposed Enbridge pipeline The objective was to develop and map metrics that delineate the areas of the Skeena River and its tributaries most vulnerable to potential pipeline spills associated with the proposed Enbridge corridor to Kitimat BC The analysis was based on the likely scenario that a spill would result in petrochemicals being carried downstream and distributed in the channels in relation to the geomorphology Download Report 694Kb PDF Comparison of the British Columbia and Federal Environmental Assessments for the Prosperity Mine 2011 This 2011 report written by environmental lawyer Mark Haddock concludes that the BC Environmental Assessment Office s EAO recommendation to approve Taseko Mines proposed Prosperity Mine in B C s west Chilcotin region was based on incomplete evidence and was the result of a hurried flawed and less than objective process conducted by the agency Download report 837kb PDF July 20 2011 Press Release PDF Enbridge Joint Review Panel Workshop 2010 A workshop organized by the Northwest Institute to familiarize the community with aspects of the Joint Review Panel process Download presentation 5Mb PDF Environmental Assessment Workshop Smithers BC 2009 The Northwest Institute organized a 2009 workshop in Smithers on the Environmental Assessment Process Tony Pearce CEAA Presentation 400kb PDF Susan Rutherford EA Presentation 14Mb PDF Valuation of the Wild Salmon Economy of the Skeena Watershed 2006 The Northwest Institute commissioned IBM Business Consulting to conduct a valuation of the wild Salmon economy of the Skeena River Watershed Their report estimates that the wild Salmon economy of the Skeena River can be valued at approximately 109 987 0001 based on a 2004 base year and 4 year average revenue or revenue equivalents Download report 2Mb PDF Download March 30 2006 Media Release PDF Download March 30 2006 Globe and Mail article Tally puts the value of Skeena wild salmon at 110 million annually PDF Community Futures and Choices in the Bulkley Valley 2001 This paper raises questions about the economic future of the Bulkley Valley using the proposed Telkwa Coal Project as the point of departure for its discussion into the economic prospects choices and trade offs that face all of the residents of the region as they opt

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    Alberta where it is used to dilute bitumen so it will flow in a pipeline Joint Review Panel The project is undergoing an environmental assessment EA and permitting process conducted by a Joint Review Panel Joint refers to the fact that the Panel is charged with conducting an EA under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and a permitting review under the National Energy Board Act In its review and decisions the Panel will consider comments filed by the public evidence filed orally and in writing by intervenors governments as well as the applicant The panel began hearing from witnesses in January 2012 with a round of oral evidence hearings where intervenors were able to give evidence orally that could not be provided in written form This evidence is subject to cross examination in the final hearings In late April 2012 the community hearing phase began and hearings were held across northern B C In these hearings community members could make 10 minutes presentations and these were not subject to cross examination Northwest Institute attended these hearings and compiled excerpts from each hearing which can be viewed on our Community Hearing Summaries Community hearings will continued in southern B C in January and February 2013 The technical hearings known as the final hearings began in September 2012 These hearings allow intervenors to cross examine expert witnesses put forward by the proponent and similarly allow the applicant and other intervenors to question witnesses of the intervenors The hearings began in Edmonton with economic issues then moved to Prince George where the evidence focused on the construction and impacts of the pipeline and finished in June 2013 in Prince Rupert looking at marine and First Nation issues Northwest Institute compiled short summaries and notes from each day of hearings which can be viewed

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    created in November 2014 and distributed widely to communities in the Skeena watershed Download the PDF here 3 2 MB Brochure LNG in Northwest BC This publication provides an overview of proposed LNG projects in Northwest BC and takes a close look at air pollution in Kitimat Terrace and salmon impacts in the Skeena Estuary It was produced in May 2014 and distributed widely across the region from Haida Gwaii to Burns Lake Download the PDF here 337 KB LNG Pipeline and Facility Maps Maps of the proposed LNG facility locations on the north coast and proposed pipeline routes from north east BC to the coast Table of LNG Projects in Northwest BC A table providing details on proposed Liquified Natural Gas projects in Northwest British Columbia Last updated Febuary 19 2015 Request for a Strategic Environmental and Economic Assessment of BC LNG Proposals This report and media release from the Northwest Institute and UVic Environmental Law Centre call on the federal and BC Ministers of Environment to establish a Strategic Economic and Environmental Assessment of proposed massive new BC LNG developments Acting for the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research the Centre proposes a careful examination of a dozen or more new LNG proposals thousands of related new gas wells the potential for numerous redundant cross provincial pipelines and the resulting risks to water air fish grizzly caribou and human health Report BC LNG Proposals and Greenhouse Gas Emissions With an increasing number of LNG projects being announced on B C s coast it is important to balance the economic arguments of these announcements with the associated risks The emissions from LNG projects and the impact to B C s climate targets are still unclear but based on initial modeling done by the Pembina Institute using projected volumes of LNG

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    Contact Contact NWI Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research PO Box 2781 Smithers British Columbia Canada V0J 2N0 Tel 250 847 9693 Fax 250 847 6068 E mail p at northwestinstitute ca The Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research has been working

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  • Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
    Technical Hearings NWI Evidence Brochure Comparing the BC government findings on Enbridge to the Joint Review Panel s final report This pamphlet provides a brief comparison of the BC government s final submission to the Joint Review Panel and the Joint Review Panel s recommendation It also highlights critical information regarding the behaviour of diluted bitumen in water and impacts to humpback whale habitat that were not included in the

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