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A database of information resources on the transboundary region’s ecology, cultures and industrial proposals. Use the search tools below to find the resources you are looking for.

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Nass Watershed Resources

Eulachon: A Review of Biology and an Annotated Bibliography

An Alaska Fisheries Science Center review of available literature on eulachon intended to provide a platform for the research that is needed to fill in the many gaps in understanding of this species.

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Sub-lethal Metal Toxicity Effects on Salmonids: A Review

A SkeenaWild report on heavy metals and the lowest concentrations of metals reported to cause sub-lethal effects on salmonids. Heavy metals are common pollutants of aquatic systems, often associated with human activities such as hard-rock mining. Fish are vulnerable to metals because of sensitive organs that are continuously in contact with water, and because metals are highly soluble in water. 

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Grizzly Bear Population Inventory & Monitoring Across the Skeena Region of British Columbia

The Skeena Region represents almost one-third of British Columbia, including the transboundary region, and includes 15 grizzly bear population units. Due to the general lack of baseline information about populations and associated trends, there is no comprehensive plan for regional management of grizzly bear populations and habitats. This report by Clayton Apps, PhD, reviews and assesses current knowledge regarding grizzly bear populations across the region and provides a geographic prioritization of objectives pertaining to grizzly bear population inventory and monitoring.

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Permitting of “Wet” Mine Tailings Impoundment Facilities in British Columbia and B.C.-Alaska Transboundary Watersheds

Statement of opposition by a large and diverse group of Canadians and Americans calling on the British Columbia government to halt the permitting of wet tailings facilities for new and proposed mines in B.C. based on the Independent Expert Panel recommendations on the Mount Polley mine tailings disaster.

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Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project: Risk Analysis, November 2014

A new report from Salmon Beyond Borders and EarthWorks about the proposed KSM mine in northwest British Columbia near Southeast Alaska which found that the project’s remote location, low-grade ore, and geotechnical challenges make it risky, expensive, and unusually difficult to build.

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Seabridge Gold’s KSM Project Risk Analysis: June 2015 - issue 2

A report by Earthworks and Salmon Beyond Borders that questions the economic feasibility of the proposed KSM mine on the Canada/US border. 

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia

A report by Dr. Jim Pojar exploring the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation and ecological mitigation in British Columbia.

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Integrated Systems Research Program: Cumulative Effects Assessment

A collaborative project of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre on cumulative effects assessment in northwest British Columbia, including a case study on the Iskut-Stikine and upper Nass watersheds. With increasing development pressures, there is a growing recognition of the need to understand and assess the potential impacts of not only large-scale development but of incremental small scale development that can accumulate over time.  These cumulative effects can be defined as changes to environmental, social, and economic values caused by the combined effect of present, past, and reasonably foreseeable future actions or events on the land base.

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2014 Map of Current and Proposed Mining, Energy, and Forestry Development in Northwest British Columbia

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Uncertainty Upstream

A June 2015 report from the BC First Nation Energy and Mining Council on potential threats from tailings facility failures in northern British Columbia. 

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Dangerous Dams

A Rivers Without Borders report on how the Mount Polley Mine report shows the inherent risks of watered tailings impoundments in the transboundary Taku, Iskut-Stikine, and Unuk River watersheds. 

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Fair Mining Practices: A New Mining Code for British Columbia

A report from the Fair Mining Collaborative, focusing on positive solutions to complex mining issues. A multi-purpose document, it is a valuable resource for First Nations and other communities whether they are developing mining and resource policies based on traditional laws and customs, negotiating with mining companies, grappling with the tide of internet claim-staking, or searching for solutions to the legacy of mines. 

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Video: Xboundary, from Salmon Beyond Borders

This video from Salmon Beyond Borders tells the important story of three rivers in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska that are in danger from mines frighteningly similar to Mount Polley.

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Spreading The Risk: Population Diversity Boosts Fishery Resilience

Nature article on population diversity in salmon species that suggests reducing the homogenizing effects of hatcheries on genetic diversity, protecting weak stocks from over-harvesting, and maintaining intact habitat networks should be prioritized.

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State of the Salmon

State of the Salmon (SoS) is a Wild Salmon Center program that builds knowledge across borders, linking a greater understanding of Pacific salmon to their improved management and conservation around the Pacific Rim.

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