Atmospheric Science at UNBC

Description: Atmospheric Science is a cornerstone of one of the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) four primary research themes seeking to improve understanding of the Environment and Natural Resources. Explore the website for information on various research projects, graduate and undergraduate courses, and atmospheric science facilities.

Key Words: Research, UNBC

Lead Organization University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website cirrus.unbc.ca/atmos/index.php
Primary Contact cirrus.unbc.ca/atmos/research.php
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Carbon Reduction in the Prince George Business Community

Description: The Carbon Reduction program is a joint initiative between the University of Northern British Columbia and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. Together, students and local businesses work together to help businesses reduce their carbon footprints or even become carbon neutral.

Key Words: Carbon, management, UNBC

Lead Organizations Prince George Chamber of Commerce, University of Northern British Columbia
Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George
Status 2015 Project Completed, On-going
Website www.pgchamber.bc.ca/projects/current-projects/cns-carbon-reduction-project-for-business-2017/
Primary Contact Barbara Otter, Project Coordinator

barbara.otter@pgchamber.bc.ca,   250-562-2454

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The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Description: The UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) brings together diverse perspectives from across northern BC to research the cumulative impacts of natural resource development. Through ongoing research and community engagement, CIRC seeks to inclusively integrate environmental, community, and health perspectives into a broad and holistic understanding of resource development across northern BC that considers the near and long-term impacts on communities and their regional environments.

Key Words: Northern BC, cumulative impacts, resource development, environment, health, community, integrative

Lead Organization  The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern-Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status  On-going
Website  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts/contact
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Gas Gone Wild – LNG in BC: Impacts on Parks, Wilderness & Wildlife

DescriptionIn 2014, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) outlined the potential impacts of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipelines in northern B.C. on wilderness values in a report titled “Gas Gone Wild – LNG in BC: Impacts on Parks, Wilderness & Wildlife”. The report focuses on the potential impacts of five proposed pipelines as identified by the provincial government. Main findings include: clearing of entirely new right-of-ways, fragmentation of habitat including grizzly bear populations, opening up of provincial parks to development, and additional effects on parks and protected areas.

Key Words:  impacts, LNG, northern BC, wilderness, wildlife, provincial government

Additional Resourceswww.cpawsbc.org/upload/lng-report-2014.pdf

Lead Organization  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Peace, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status  Complete
Website cpawsbc.org/campaigns/oil-and-gas
Primary Contact Peter Wood, Terrestrial Campaigns Director, CPAWS-BC

E: peter@cpawsbc.org    P: (604) 685 7445 Ext. 22

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Health and Medical Services Plan Best Management Guide for Industrial Camps

Description: This Northern Health guide is intended to help industry better understand the expectations of on-site services, and describe the types of health care needs that industry can anticipate at industrial camps. Additionally, it provides information on the level of detail that should be included in an effective Health and Medical Services Plan.

Key Words: Government, health, industry, work camps

Additional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-03-HMSP.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Office of Health and Resource Development

Resource.development@northernhealth.ca,  250 645 6367

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The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas

DescriptionThe Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a land trust partnership that works to conserve both continentally significant ecological values at the landscape scale and community values that are prized locally. This partnership provides strategic vision, the latest science, and international cooperation to the strong collaborative work being done by 24 land trusts, protecting critical habitats and private ranch, farm and timberlands in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington, British Columbia and Alberta. The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas delivers the latest science in climate change adaptation and habitat connectivity to help identify and validate selection of future conservation targets. It includes a curated collection of connectivity and climate data at a scale that is useful to on-the-ground practitioners and is grouped into themed galleries: Connectivity, Habitat, Climate Change, Working Lands, and Planning. The atlas includes tools that allow users to view datasets and add multiple layers of data, upload and analyze data, create shapefiles, export map images, download GIS layer packages, and create working groups to collaborate on projects.

Key Wordsland trust, ecological values, community values, climate change adaptation, conservation, data

Lead Organization  The Heart of the Rockies Initiative
Regional Focus  Fraser Fort George, Peace, Northern Rockies
Status  On-going
Website  heart-of-rockies.databasin.org/pages/about-heart-rockies
Primary Contact Michael Whitfield   E: michael@heart-of-rockies.org

Bray Beltrán            E: bray@fvlt.org

JoAnn Grant            E: joann@heart-of-rockies.org

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LNG in Northern BC

Description: Northwest Institute and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust have teamed up to provide information that will help northerners understand the influx of proposed gas expansion in northern BC and what the industry means for northern communities. The website is maintained to provide impartial information and updates about proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in the northern part of the province and act as a portal to learn more about LNG in northern BC.

Key Words: LNG, northern BC, development, updates, Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Lead Organization Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  On-going
Website lnginnorthernbc.ca
Primary Contact  lnginnorthernbc.ca/index.php/about-us/contact-us
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Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund

Description: The purpose of the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund (NEEF) is to enhance the environment of the Nechako Watershed. As part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and Alcan, Rio Tinto Alcan has agreed to contribute up to $50 million to the NEEF. Projects funded by the NEEF include: Nechako River Sustainability, Integrated Watershed Research in the Nechako River Basin, Biochronology of Wild-Recruited Nechako White Sturgeon and the White Sturgeon Conservation Fish Culture Program. The Management Committee posts electronic copies of communications from the consultation process in addition to routine correspondence.

Key Words: Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, BC government, Rio Tinto Alcan, environment, conservation, industry, watershed.

Lead Organization Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status  On-going
Website  www.neef.ca
Primary Contact  neef.ca/contact-us
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Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund Resource Library

Description: The purpose of the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund (NEEF) is to enhance the environment of the Nechako Watershed. As part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and Alcan, Rio Tinto Alcan has agreed to contribute up to $50 million to the NEEF. A key deliverable of the Nechako Watershed Council Workplan in 2009 was the development of a bibliography of existing information concerning the Cold Water Release Facility. The NEEF Resource Library wishes to keep this information available for public use through access to the bibliography as well as links to individual subject headings.

Key Words: Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, Rio Tinto Alcan, resource library, cold water release facility

Lead Organization Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status Complete
Website www.neef.ca/resources/resource-library
Primary Contact  www.neef.ca/contact-us
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Northwest Invasive Plant Council

Description: The Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides support and coordination for those involved in the various aspects of invasive plant management, including awareness, inventory, treatments, and assessment. The NWIPC has a management plan that is updated yearly to prioritize actions to effectively manage invasive plants. Their website provides links to resources, publications, plans, and other information.

Key Words: Invasive plants, management, non-profit,

Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website nwipc.org
Primary Contact nwipc.org/contact
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Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) Ignite the North Project

Description: Ignite the North is an initiative initially funded by the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC), aimed at fostering and encouraging entrepreneurial innovation in the north, for the north. The project hosted 10 events, taking place in Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers (including Telkwa), McBride, Valemount, Mackenzie, and Prince George. Ignite the North hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators, initiating conversations on entrepreneurship, out of the box thinking, collaboration, and education. See the website for more details about the program.

Key Words: Business, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, tool

Lead Organization Ignite the North
Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Peace River, Northern Rockies
Status Complete
Website www.ignitethenorth.com
Primary Contact www.ignitethenorth.com/contact
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Omineca Region Environmental Stewardship Division

Description: Staff at the Omineca regional office work to ensure that the diverse activities that take place in the region are in balance with recreation and conservation objectives set by the Province, in accordance with the Ministry’s Business Plan. Three types of ecosystem monitoring take place in the region: compliance, effectiveness, and biodiversity. They address whether people are complying with environmental standards, whether these standards are having an effect in the environment, and informing and improving policy and practices for ecosystem conservation and management affecting biodiversity.

Key Words: Biodiversity, government, monitoring, Omineca region

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Environment
Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako
Status On-going
Website www.env.gov.bc.ca/omineca/esd/index.html
Primary Contact Phone: (250) 565-6135,   
Fax: (250) 565-6940
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Position on the Environment as a Context for Health: An Integrated Settings Approach

Description: This paper outlines the position of Northern Health regarding the environment as a context for health. Health is tied to social, economic and personal development and these can be determined by the setting where we live, work, learn and play. This paper highlights that these settings are embedded in the physical environment. The full report can be viewed through the link below.

Key Words: Health, research

Addtional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/EnvironmentContext%20Health_V2_20120725_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
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Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable

Description: The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) is committed to researching, monitoring, recommending, and implementing air quality improvements and promoting public awareness and education in the Prince George airshed, with the goal of improving air quality in the community. PGAIR is a multi-stakeholder, community based, non-profit society that includes representatives from the general public, business, industry, community groups, government, UNBC, and Northern Health. See their website for air quality, event, and program information, resources, and reports.

Key Words: Air, education, government, health, industry, monitoring, non-profit, research

Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website www.pgairquality.com/about-pgair
Primary Contact www.pgairquality.com/contact-information

info@pgairquality.com

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Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and the Opportunity

Description: This report proposes the use of Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool to address issues with current environmental assessment, including widespread lack of faith in the provincial and federal governments to adequately manage cumulative effects, reactive processes, and the feeling of alienation from meaningful input on behalf of residents. This approach reverses the project-by-project approach to environmental assessment by providing residents the opportunity to imagine the future they want for their land and communities based on shared values, and then measuring individual projects against this vision.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), government, industry, management, research, tool

Lead Organizations West Coast Environmental Law, Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status Complete
Website wcel.org/resources/publication/regional-strategic-environmental-assessment-northern-british-columbia-case-and
Primary Contact wcel.org/about-us/contact-us
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Standard Working Group Comments and Recommendations for Provincial Environmental Assessments in Northern British Columbia

Description: This document summarizes the working group comments made by Northern Health for projects in the region, and allowing their interests and recommendations to be incorporated in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. Information is intended for the identification, evaluation, and management of adverse effects under the “health” pillar of EA, but includes other factors since health is strongly influenced by the other pillars.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), health, management, Northern Health, valued components

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-04-29-NH-EAStandardComments.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Resource.development@northernhealth.ca

250 645 6367

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State of the North Report – 2018

Description: The State of the North Development Trust released a ‘State of the North’ economic report in January 2018. The report focuses on northern British Columbia and provides data and statistics on key economic indicators such as GDP, unemployment rate and infrastructure investment. It has been designed as a tool to serve communities, businesses and not-for-profits.

Key Words:  Northern BC, economy, data, statistics

Additional Resourceshttps://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NDIT-SoTN-Report-Final.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Development Initiative Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Central Coast, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northerndevelopment.bc.ca
Primary Contact northerndevelopment.bc.ca/about/contact-us
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Summary Report on Community Toolkits Addressing Socio-Economic and Health Impacts from Natural Resource Development Relevant to Northern BC

DescriptionIn 2015, Northern Health conducted a review of community toolkits, guides and summary articles on the socio-economic and health impacts, best management practices and mitigations for natural resource development projects relevant to Northern British Columbia. The following summary report was created to assess and summarize existing community tools available to address these impacts with the purpose to highlight information that can be tailored to the Northern BC context.

Key Words:  Socio-economic impacts, health impacts, community impacts, natural resource development, Northern BC

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/SummaryofCommunityToolkits.pdf

Lead Organization  Northern Health
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  Complete
Website  northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
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Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Health Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater health. This assessment framework tool draws upon international examples of best practices in the field.

Key Words: Assessment, monitoring, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_freshwater_health_assessment_framework_30112015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries

ca-panda@wwfcanada.org

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Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Threats Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater threats. This tool uses a broad scale analysis and classification of threats and stresses to freshwater ecosystems.

Key Words: Assessment, health, non-profit, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_fta_methodology_25062015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries, ca-panda@wwfcanada.org
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Understanding Resource and Community Development in Northern British Columbia

Description: This Northern Health report provides a background to understand the historical overview of resource and community development in Northern BC. Based on recent observations, the paper outlines where we are now in terms of resource and community development, the different cycles of resource industries, the current profile of changing population and transient workforces, and begins to make connections for health care services planning. Understanding the context for changing demographics and fluctuations in population in Northern BC related to resource development will assist Northern Health in providing better health care.

Key Words: Community development, government, health, history, industry, resource development

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/IndustrialCamps_P2_ResouceCommDevel_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact resource.development@northernhealth.ca,   250 645 6367
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University of Northern British Columbia: Canada’s Green University

Description: The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is Canada’s Green University, and strives to achieve sustainable actions on and off campus. The Green Centre funds new research and initiative projects on campus such as the Food Recovery and Borrow A Mug (BAM) programs.

Key Words: Research, UNBC

Lead Organization University of Northern British Columbia
Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website www.unbc.ca/green
Primary Contact www.unbc.ca/green/contact
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Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance

Description: The Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA) promotes accountability in the conservation, protection, and sustainable harvest of fish populations and the ecosystems they depend on. The UFFCA provides advice and support services to its 23 First Nation member communities on a range of issues such as environmental assessments and fisheries management. Publications, resources and annual reports can be found on their website.

Key Words: Conservation, First Nations, fish, fisheries, Fraser River, management, protection, water

Regional Focus Fraser Fort-George, Bulkley-Nechako
Status On-going
Website upperfraser.ca
Primary Contact upperfraser.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=170
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Who’s Doing What in the Nechako Watershed? Workshop Report

Description: This Workshop Report outlines and summarizes the key points of the various presentations from the Fraser Basin Council meeting, aimed at addressing the health of the Nechako Watershed and outlining the work occurring in the region. The meeting engaged a series of watershed practitioners currently undertaking projects in the Nechako watershed. Objectives included sharing information about who is doing what projects and initiatives, identifying gaps, priorities and future aspirations, and exploring opportunities to strengthen partnerships and mobilize future action.

Key Words:  Health, Nechako watershed, non-profit, water

Additional ResourcesWho’s Doing What in the Nechako Watershed – Report – Sept 2015

Lead Organization Fraser Basin Council
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status Complete
Website www.fraserbasin.bc.ca
Primary Contact www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/about_offices.html
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WWF Watershed Reports

Description: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created a framework to assess the health of freshwater ecosystems across Canada. They are working to address key questions by completing the first Canada-wide assessment of the country’s watersheds, focussing on four indicators of river health and seven key threats. The WWF has completed Watershed Reports for half of Canada and aims to complete all of them by 2017.

Key Words: Framework, health, management, monitoring, non-profit, watershed, water

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status On-going
Website watershedreports.wwf.ca
Primary Contact James Casey and Mike Ambach

jcasey@wwfcanada.org

 

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