Category Archives: Sparwood BC

Did You Know : Campfire Ban In Effect

I imagine the propane fire pits are flying off the shelf.

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From City of Fernie’s website:

Campfire Ban Effective July 26

Effective on July 26, 2018 at 1 PM a Campfire Ban for the region including the City of Fernie and area. This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions. The fire danger rating is “moderate” in some areas, with larger areas rated “high” and “extreme”. Forest fuels are drying out quickly, and hot weather and dry lightning are in the forecast. It is crucial to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, so the BC Wildfire Service can deal with any naturally occurring fires that start in the region.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise – for example, in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire. Read more here.

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Fernie Nature Club – Bird Count

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A little information for you from Fernie Nature Club:

Please join the Fernie Nature Club for the annual Christmas Bird Count happening this year on Thursday, December 14! Please meet at 1042 – 10th Ave at 8:30am and then head out for the day. Enter through the carport entrance via the side door. Lunch and snacks will be available when you return.

PLEASE NOTE: Lee-Anne Walker will be doing the survey of Hosmer to the Fernie Visitor Information Centre on December 15 from 1-4 pm if anyone would like to join in on this date. Please meet Lee-Anne at the Wildsight Elk Valley office at 12:45pm.

The information on the numbers of birds and species from this count will be entered into a data base which is used by scientists and researchers who are looking at the trends over the past years. Since Fernie is located between the prairies and the West Coast, we can provide valuable information on what is happening in the bird world.

Please be prepared with the appropriate clothing, water. etc. You will be staying out in the field for the prime counting hours and will then meet up starting anywhere from 2-3pm for lunch/snacks and to turn in your tally.

If you wish to go birding on skis, snowshoes or a fat tire bike, please bring your gear with you. The Nature Club will give you an area that should work for you and you can head out.

If you cannot attend on December 14, you can still participate by counting birds at your backyard feeder during the 3 days before and 3 days after Dec 14 and we will record this as “species being present”.

The Nature Club would also like to start collecting the 2018 fees for BC Nature and the Fernie Nature Club. This year, the family rate at $25 and the single rate at $20. Approximately $15 of this goes to BC Nature which includes a subscription to their magazine, as well as their insurance, project and administration costs. For more info on the Fernie Nature Club or the Christmas Bird Count please contact Ron Lentz at Ron 250-430-7249.

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Elk Valley Rural Maternity Initiative – Community Discussion

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Quinn Creek Fire – High Alert For Elkford

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Did You Know : Styrofoam, Aluminum and Foil Recycling

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Did you know Cranbrook Recycling Depot now accepts Styrofoam, Aluminum containers and Foil? These items, and more, cannot be recycled in Fernie but if you travel to Cranbrook, even once in a while, you can take these extra items and keep them out of the trash! Amazing.

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WildSafeBC Update : Fernie, Sparwood and Elko

Elk Valley Bear Aware Posting from today:

“Monday August 24. Bear sightings, bears eating garbage left outdoors, bears eating apples dumped at compost sites and on apple trees in backyards, people approaching bears and taking photos of bears reported all over Elk Valley communities. Here is a brief summary.” Read more here.

On the same note, on Wednesday, August 26th at the Fernie Bike Park Gazebo, Bear Aware is holding a free presentation on what to do when you encounter a bear.

“Due to popular demand WildSafeBC will be doing a short public presentation (30 minutes) on preventing wildlife encounters and how to safely use bear spray.   Inert bear spray (bear spray without the cayenne pepper) will be used to demonstrate.  This is your opportunity for hands on practice with the inert spray.” Read more here.