As a Charter signatory to the Climate Action Charter, the District of Fort St. James has demonstrated its commitment to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its corporate operations and the broader community.
We have met the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for the 2014 reporting year and have been awarded Level 3 recognition – ‘Achievement of Carbon Neutrality’ – by the Green Communities Committee (a joint provincial/UBCM committee). Click to view the District’s Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report for 2014.
We’re proud to take action against climate change and be a carbon neutral local government for a second year. We have measured our total greenhouse gas emissions, reduced them as much as possible and offset the difference with Offsetters, a BC-based carbon management company.
We have chosen to invest in two different initiatives this year:
- The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, an Improved Forest Management project, which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging.
- Selkirk Mountain/Darkwoods Project, a conservation and connectivity project. The project area connects to existing parks and wildlife management areas to form a contiguous wilderness area of 255,000 acres (103,000 hectares). This connectivity is important for large ranging species such as Grizzly Bear and Mountain Caribou. The immense size of the project is also a perfect example of “landscape scale” conservation, which allows a network of interconnected habitats to continue as a complete, functioning landscape. This is not only good for the health of the ecosystem as a whole, it provides room for the plants and animals in the area to expand as needed to alleviate the affects of climate change or other natural events such as forest fires or drought.