MAY DAYS curious? May 20, 21st and 22nd 2018

 This year marks the 125th Bday of Kaslo and we hope to make this one heck of a great May Days celebration. Information on events, vendors, entertainment etc can all be found at:      We still have a few spots for non-profit groups to have a table during that weekend. contact

As always we are in desparate need of volunteers for:
* helping to pick up trash in the park
* putting recyclables in the proper places
* street closers on the Monday for the Parade

AND… there is still lots of time to get your floats and costurmes together for this years parade;

Naturally, the theme is KASLO 125 years, so that leaves lots of ideas for birthday outfits, mining, logging and all the other wonderful things that have gone into making Kaslo, what it is today.

So come out and support May Days 2018. and yes, Saturday of May Days is still Kid Centric!!

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Ecosystem Resiliency, Community Protection & Landscape Level Management
Nelson, BC will see presenters coming fromas far away as Oregon and New Mexico on June 26th-28th, 2018 for a conference organized by the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo),
The community forest based out of theSlocan Valley,to learn more about local, national and international actions being taken to address the growing challenges associated with wildfire and climate change.
Wildfire and climate change are new realities, ones that could have a dramatic impact on our life’s. Addressing these issues need a multi-level approach and coming together locally with expect from across North-America toshare knowledge, learn from each other and
create a blue print for action locally is of utmost importance” says Stephan Martineau Manager SIFCO
Conference attendees will hear about the latest scientific research and initiatives from the Kootenays and from the international arena on climate change, wildfire behavior
and why this leads us toward an urgent need to take action at a landscape scale
to create a more resilient ecosystem. Given the scope of the challenge, we will present
the need for community emergency preparedness and steps residents ca
n take to best be prepared for wildfires.
Day one and two of this conference will have multiple keynote presentations delivered to all of the attendees and throughout these two exciting and packed days
attendees will be divided into two streams of presentations.
The first stream will be targeted at licensees working in forestry and the second
at community members and local decision makers.
The final day of the conference will be a workshop for all attendees, who
will break off into the community and licensee streams. Licensees will participate in a half-
day workshop that will focus on wildfire impacts from the forestry/ industry perspective.
After this workshop licensees will go on a field trip to the SIFCo community forest to
look at different Wildfire Urban Interface treatment sites and to carry on the conversations. Community members will also participate in a morning session focusing on barriers to
community fire management and end this day with a site visit to learn hands on about best practices they can implement in their communities and on their private land.
.The Wildfire and Climate Change Conference Team
If you would like more information,
want to sponsor this event or would like to be an exhibitor
please get in touch with Avery Deboer-Smith by phone at 250-777-3858 or
To register for the conference as a licensee or community member, please visit the conferencewebsite at

Observations from Peter Jordan

Some observations on CCC’s update of March 25, and landslide hazards on the AJL face

 On March 25, Bill Kestell posted an update on behalf of Cooper Creek Cedar, summarizing the meeting that was held on March 13 with several geotechnical specialists, including myself. I would like to add a few observations on this meeting, and on the terrain stability issues in the Argenta – Johnson’s Landing area.

At the meeting, Chris Perdue, professional geoscientist who is consulting for CCC, gave. a presentation about his investigation of some factors that may have contributed to the 2012 Johnsons Landing landslide. In particular, he made the point that metamorphism* near the edge of the Fry Creek batholith* may have weakened the sedimentary rocks in the Gar Creek area, and made them more prone to failure. This is a reasonable hypothesis, and there is evidence of a number of ancient bedrock failures immediately south and east of the 2012 landslide. This zone of metamorphism is probably unique to the areas close to the batholith. On this point, the geoscientits s at the meeting agreed.

In our 2013 report on the Johnsons Landing landslide, of which I was one of the authors, we suggested that gradual movement of the nearby bedrock failures may have deformed the deep glacial deposits at the landslide source, and weakened them over time. This may have been one of the factors contributing to the 2012 landslide. (Two things we should keep in mind are: the 2012 landslide originated in glacial deposits, not bedrock; and the ancient bedrock failures in the area are very slow-moving, and as far as we know, none of them have produced a large rapid rockslide.)

In our report, we discussed several other factors which may have contributed to the 2012 landslide

. These include:

-the springs which are present at the landslide source, and which had increased in discharge before the landslide;

-karst* aquifers* in the marble* beds in the underlying bedrock, which may have fed water from nearby higher-elevation drainage basins to the springs;

-the record high rainfall in the preceding month, followed by a week of rapid snowmeltat higher elevations – these undoubtedly contributed to an unusually high groundwater level which was the ultimate cause of the landslide.


At our meeting, and in CCC’s March 25 update, the question was raised about whether or not the geological features that may have contributed to the 2012 landslide are unique to the Gar Creek area, or whether they are present across the entire AJL face.

We agreed that the zone of abundant bedrock failures near the contact with the batholith is probably limited to the Gar Creek – Kootenay Joe Creek area. However, we also discussed the fact that several other contributing geological factors are found across the entire AJL face. These include karst bedrock units, abundant springs, glacial deposits which include deep kame* features, the weak metasedimentary* rocks which are typical of the west slope of the Purcell Mountains, and the north-south strike* and westerly dip* of the bedrock which is fairly consistent along the face. It is also notable that there are several other large areas of apparent slow bedrock failure between Hamill Creek and Kootenay Joe Creek, which are unrelated to the Fry Creek batholith.

Another subject that was discussed at the meeting is whether the risk of very largelandslides such as the 2012 Johnsons Landing landslide is relevant to terrain stability issues associated with possible forest development in the area. Probably it is not. The 2012 landslide was an exceptionally rare event and is probably unique. It is unlikely that forest development would contribute to the likelihood of such a large landslide.

However, forest development does contribute to the risk of smaller landslides (and other geomorphic and hydrologic hazards such as erosion, stream sedimentation, and water quality impacts) in this area, as it does throughout the Kootenays and elsewhere. Forest development, especially road construction, substantially increases the likelihood of landslides. Most commonly, these are relatively small (less than a few thousand cubic metres) compared to the Johnsons Landing landslide (300,000 cubic metres). They can, in populated areas, present a risk to public safety and to property, as well as environmental impacts. Therefore, terrain stability mapping and assessments are important before any forest development or other industrial activity in the Argenta -Johnsons Landing area, as they are everywhere. Equally important is the principle that these assessments should contribute to decisions about how and where forest development is planned, and whether it should take place at all.

Peter Jordan, P.Geo., Ph.D.

* Some technical geological terms are explained here.

– metamorphism- changes to rock caused by heat and pressure

– batholith- a large intrusion of granite into older rocks (which in this case are sedimentary rocks of the Lardeau Group, Hamill Creek Group, Horsethief Creek Group, and Purcell Group)

– karst- features such as caves, sinkholes, springs, and underground stream courses, due to solution of rocks such as limestone marble – recrystallized limestone

– aquifer– a porous, permeable, underground formation which conveys groundwater

– kame – a thick deposit of glacial till and other sediments (glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine), commonly forming terraces along the sides of valleys formerly occupied by glaciers (these deposits are especially prone to landslides)

– metasedimentary rocks– sedimentary rocks which have been altered by metamorphism (in this area,typically schist, phyllite, slate, quartzite, and marble)

– strike and dip- the orientation of sedimentary rocks (strike is the compass direction, dip is the angle ofinclination)





March 26, 2018  PHOTO : In September 2017, the ʔaq̓am community experienced a wildfire. It will now be reducing fuel in high-risk areas with support from a wildfire mitigation grant from Columbia Basin Trust.




Twenty communities focus on mitigating wildfire with over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

(Columbia Basin) – Wildfire can rapidly destroy homes, communities and lives. To brace against this danger—now becoming more of a risk than ever because of a hotter, drier climate—20 communities are implementing 28 projects that will help them prevent or brace themselves against wildfire. These projects are being supported by $822,406 from Columbia Basin Trust.

“Basin communities are part of forested landscapes, which gives us beautiful scenery and rich ecological values but also hazards to communities such as wildfire,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Communities are well aware of this risk and came to us for help to both prepare for the possibility of these dangerous situations and to reduce their likelihood. This work aligns with our priority to support community resilience in a changing climate.”

With support from the Trust’s Community Development Program, local governments and First Nation communities are implementing projects focused on educating residents about how they can reduce wildfire risks on their properties, managing wildfire fuels, protecting critical community infrastructure and developing emergency response and evacuation plans. The Trust will continue to accept applications from local governments and First Nations until June 30, 2018. To see the full list of projects funded, visit<>.

Here are a few of the current projects:

Close Call
The First Nation community of ʔaq̓am is well aware of the need to prepare for wildfire. “In September 2017, the ʔaq̓am community experienced a 400-hectare wildfire that threatened property and resulted in the evacuation of 36 on-reserve homes,” said Julie Couse, Director of Lands and Natural Resources. “Approximately 110 individuals were displaced for a period of three days. The Wildfire Mitigation Grant will allow us to treat the highest-priority sites to protect our collective ʔaq̓amnik citizens.”

The community will conduct activities like tree felling, pruning and thinning to reduce fuel for wildfires on 63.4 hectares of high-risk areas, where wildfire may pose threats to human safety, structures, critical infrastructure or cultural heritage sites. It will also do Home Ignition Zone assessments on all on-reserve structures, plus do FireSmart activities with the goal of becoming a designated FireSmart-certified community.

Bring on the Students
The City of Castlegar is taking a collaborative approach to reducing the risk of wildfire within the community by working with students from Selkirk College’s Forestry Technology program. Students will conduct FireSmart assessments for private property owners, plus help reduce wildfire fuels on high-risk municipal lands by creating prescriptions and carrying out fuel reduction activities.

Through these efforts, “members of the public will learn the benefits of fire smarting their private properties,” said Lawrence Chernoff, Mayor of Castlegar. “By protecting private assets and the assets of the community, this project will reduce the risk of mass disasters and increase public safety.”

Creating a Good Example
If you want people to do something, show them how it’s done. That’s one of the City of Fernie’s approaches to reducing the risk of wildfire. It will create a FireSmart demonstration forest, in which residents will work alongside professionals to thin trees and reduce fuels for wildfires.

“This public participation approach will transfer wildfire risk mitigation awareness, knowledge and skills by showing and involving stakeholders, not just telling them,” said Ted Ruiter, Fire Chief and Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “It will encourage them to use skills gained in building the site to reducing vegetation and fuel hazards near their own homes and neighbourhoods, in ways that retain an attractive forest while respecting wildlife and other habitat requirements.”

Educating and Supporting the Public
From setting up information booths, to doing demonstrations, to speaking to students and recreation groups, the City of Revelstoke will be taking a multi-layered approach to educating the public about how to become FireSmart. The City will also help residents assess their properties and suggest debris removal methods, plus will establish clear guidelines for developers building in areas adjacent to wildlands.

“Since 2006, the City has had wildfire protection activities under way, particularly targeting municipal properties and community infrastructure,” said Dwayne Voykin, Emergency Program Coordinator. “The focus is now on continuing to educate the community about local wildfire risks, especially from human ignitions, helping private property owners reduce their risks of wildfire damage and giving developers clear requirements for new builds.”

The wildfire mitigation grants are just one of the ways the Trust is helping communities adapt to climate change. Learn more at<>.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit<> or call 1.800.505.8998.

Emily Gilmar
Columbia Basin Trust