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Up and down BC's vast Fraser River watershed, one crisis after another has hit in recent years--forest fires, missing
 

Summary: Up and down BC's vast Fraser River watershed, one crisis
after another has hit in recent years--forest fires, missing
salmon runs, the Prince George ice jam, and mountain pine
beetles. In 2007, record snow pack led to fears of massive
spring flooding.
The common thread is climate change that is happening here
and now--not in abstract global climate models or projected
future scenarios. The mountain pine beetle sweeping BC's
interior illustrates the catastrophic results of seemingly
minor temperature shifts. It is also making life harder for the
magnificent runs of wild Pacific salmon that swim thousands
of miles from the open ocean, fighting their way up the Fraser
River to spawn and die in the streams where they were born.
Climate change, mountain pine
beetles and salvage logging
add to challenges facing BC's
spectacular Fraser salmon runs.
Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council
For further information, visit www.fish.bc.ca
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Source: Aukema, Brian - ukema, Brian - Canadian Forest Service & Ecosystem Science and Management Program, University of Northern British Columbia

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology