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Coverage of resource management since August 1, 2023.

Landfill section nears capacity as CRD grants $11M for Hartland's next phase

"...The new cell is the first of three that will collect the region’s solid waste until around 2050. The transition to a new part of the landfill is another signal to the public that Hartland is a limited space with a limited ability to receive waste, said Russ Smith, senior manager of the CRD’s environmental resource management..."

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Nanwakolas Council, WFP announce ‘Landmark' forestry agreement

"...“Tlowitsis, We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and K’ómoks, who share significant areas of their respective territories, have been stewards of their forests for millennia. Na̲nwak̲olas Council assisted the four Nations in concluding the Agreement. This is a good day for everyone on Vancouver Island and the central coast,” said Dallas Smith, president, Na̲nwak̲olas Council..."

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CCS Input on the First National Nature Assessment

"...CCS broadly supports the themes and framework proposed in the draft prospectus. The themes (conservation and natural resource management, economic interests, human health and well-being, safety and security) and cross cutting areas woven throughout them (climate change, equity) all intersect with the national security of the United States and, in particular, climate and ecological security. The framework is designed to consider information from a variety of sources ranging from the peer-reviewed literature to the experiences and perspectives of local communities..."

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Signs of early success after pesticide used against invasive species in N.S. lake

"...“Maybe in some cases an invasive species may have gotten too far out of control. You couldn’t do the entire river system for instance, at some point you almost have to accept the fact that they are there. ”Raymond Plourde, senior wilderness coordinator for the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, has previously expressed support for the pesticide’s use in the two Nova Scotia lakes but also called the measure “less than ideal..."

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Calls mount for a federal firefighting force

"...This year, approximately 15. 4 million hectares of forest have burned, leading to a skyrocketing spike in greenhouse gas pollution comparable to the total combined emissions from 100 countries in a year. At least four people have died fighting the fires..."

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Cluster of wildfires continue to burn in Strathcona Provincial Park

"...As with the smaller fires, the BCWS is using a monitored approach. This means that the Wildfire Service is observing and analyzing the fires, but not immediately suppressing them. This happens in order to achieve ecological or resource management objectives, or they are remote fires that do not directly threaten infrastructure or lives..."

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The weird way that human waste is killing corals

"...The parrotfish is a critical player in the reef ecosystem, keeping the growth of algae in check. Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Flickr (CC BY 2. 0)“Even with a severe heat wave in 2015, 20 per cent of those reefs that were in cleaner water with the herbivore fish not only went got through the heat, but some improved,” says Arizona State University ecologist Greg Asner, co-author of the study, who leads the Allen Coral Atlas reef mapping project..."

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Two decades later, record wildfires in Kelowna, B.C. are dwarfed by current season

"...As British Columbia grapples with a record-breaking wildfire season, the 20-year anniversary of Kelowna's firestorm brings mixed emotions for those who lived through it, and offers lessons for the present. At the time, the 2003 season was unprecedented in scale, but it has been dwarfed this year by fires that have burned six times more area so far..."

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Small wildfire burning near Silver Skagit Road

"...According to BC Wildfire, “when a fire is being monitored, this means BC Wildfire Service is observing and analyzing the fire but it’s not immediately suppressed. It may be allowed to burn to achieve ecological or resource management objectives and is used on remote fires that do not threaten values. ”..."

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Exclusive: The feds bought a pipeline for $5B. How did the cost balloon to over $30B? Globalnews.ca

"...Trans Mountain, along with the federal government, maintains that the new line is in Canada’s national interest, especially in terms of opening new markets for Canada’s landlocked energy resources. “The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will ensure Canada receives fair market value for our resources while maintaining the highest environmental standards,” the company wrote in an emailed response to Global News. Citing an independent report produced by consulting firm Ernst & Young, the pipeline company added “that Trans Mountain’s expanded operations will contribute $17..."

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2 wildfires continue to burn south of Keremeos

"...BC Wildfire is responding to the incident although there are no current evacuation orders or alerts associated with the blaze..."

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Jobs in resource management

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Section Manager, Urban Forestry & Natural Areas - District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

"...Considerable knowledge of the methods, procedures and best management practices related to urban forestry and arboriculture, natural areas management, invasive species management, safety and wildfire risk mitigation, ecological restoration, and natural areas recreation..."

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Director of Energy, Environment and Climate Change - Island Health Authority (Victoria, BC)

"...Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ..."

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Park Technician - Land Development - City of Surrey (Surrey, BC)

"...City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city—and their careers—forward..."

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Conservation Programs Specialist (Fixed Term) - Meadow Lake, SK - Ducks Unlimited Canada - Regina, SK

"...If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please visit our online career center to submit your application for confidential consideration..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention resource management.

Rick Anthony - Zero Waste Expert and Principal at Richard Anthony Associates

Duration: 35:48

"...Rick Anthony is an internationally recognized and published expert in the area of Resource Management using the Zero Waste Systems approach. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about resource management.

Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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The Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme - The Pacific

"...Her research has been focused on fate and consequence of pollutants in the freshwater, coastal and offshore marine waters, and establishing links between the freshwater zone and marine system and coastal zone management with extensive experience of designing, implementing and evaluating monitoring programs to assess environmental impacts of human activity on the marine and coastal zone..."

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National Water Policy Panel: How can a Canada Water Agency Deliver Water Security for Canadians?

"...Panel guests:John Pomeroy, Global Water Futures ProgramMerrell-Ann Phare, Centre for Indigenous Environmental ResourcesShawn Marshall, Environment and Climate Change CanadaDimple Roy, International Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentJon O'Riordan, formerly BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management Sandra Cooke, Canadian Water Network..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about resource management relevant to the latest news.

Hydrochemical indices as a proxy for assessing land-use impacts on water resources: a sustainable management perspective and ca

"...The key sources of SWQ pollution in these three zones were individually identified by principal component/factor analysis (PCA/FA), which were mainly related to domestic wastewater, industrial effluents, farming runoff, soil erosion, upstream sediment flows, and severe droughts..."

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Mountain agropastoralism: traditional practices, institutions and pressures in the Indian Trans-Himalaya of Ladakh

"...Ladakh?s agropastoral practices, rooted in local ecological knowledge, face challenges from socio-economic changes, risking climate resilience, ecosystem degradation, cultural loss and food security for agropastoral communities and broader societal contexts..."

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Modeling LULC using Multi-Layer Perceptron Markov change (MLP-MC) and identifying local drivers of LULC in hilly district of Ma

"...Identification and prediction of future land use and land cover (LULC) changes and their drivers are required for land resources management, formulation of better policy, practicing sustainable management strategies, and modeling future LULC..."

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Changes in Sahel summer rainfall in a global warming climate: contrasting the mid-Pliocene and future regional hydrological cyc

"...The evolution of Sahel summer rainfall in the context of global warming is a severe socio-economic concern because of its widespread influences on local agriculture, water resource management, food security, infrastructure planning, and ecosystems..."

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Managing Intractable Natural Resource Conflicts: Exploring Possibilities and Conditions for Reframing in a Mine Establishment C

"...Natural resource management (NRM) increasingly relies on communicative measures to enable reframing in intractable conflicts..."

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Looking at moss through the bioeconomy lens: biomonitoring, bioaccumulation, and bioenergy potential

"...The field of bioeconomy has been experiencing a surge in interest in recent years as society increasingly recognizes the potential of utilizing renewable biological resources to create sustainable solutions for economic growth, resource management, and environmental protection..."

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Agriculture in the Ancient Maya Lowlands (Part 1): Paleoethnobotanical Residues and New Perspectives on Plant Management

"...We address inherited models of agriculture in the lowlands: the limitations of the environment (finding more affordances than anticipated by earlier models); the homogeneity of agricultural strategies (finding more heterogeneity of strategies across the lowlands than a single rigid template); the centrality of maize in agriculture (finding more reliance on root crops and tree crops than historically documented); the focus on the milpa system as food base (finding more agroforestry, homegardening, horticulture, and wild resource management than previously documented); the dominance of swidden strategies in agricultural practices (finding more diverse practices than accounted for in most models); and the foregrounding of maize crop failure in collapse models (finding more evidence of resilience and sustainable agricultural practices than predicted)..."

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