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Royal BC Museum Starts Stewardship Project To Highlight Peace Region Diversity

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Apr 26 2016

  

(Photo courtesy of Chris Gale, Wild North Photos)

The Royal BC Museum, located in Victoria, British Columbia, has started a stewardship project withe the purpose to highlight the the Peace Region's cultural and biological diversity.

Northeastern British Columbia's Peace Region is filled with natural wonders and the Royal BC Museum is embarking on a series of meetings to share this knowledge with local residents.

"We want to make sure people understand what they have," said Dr. Richard Hebda, the museum's curator and award-winning curator of Botany and Earth History.

Hebda, is leading the meetings, which showcase the exceptional "living landscape" of the Peace Region's biodiversity.

The meetings are coming in a time when the region is undergoing massive economic development, which includes the construction of a large hydroelectric dam and hydraulic fracking for natural gas.

While the museum doesn't take a stand on BC Hydro's controversial Site C Dam project, it does want to make the community aware of its rich natural heritage before future decisions are made.

The dam project faces a multitude of lawsuits from First Nations groups and land owners whose land will be flooded by the project.

"The Peace is really special," Hebda said. "It has amazing things about it - wilderness, rich biological diversity, rich in ecological processes."

Hebda added that the museum's meetings are aimed at the people who live in the Peace region. He said sometimes people often don't appreciate the natural bounties found in their own backyards, which is why the museum is holding the public meetings.

The Royal BC Museum says it is trying to teach the community about its heritage to help residents make informed decisions about the future.

Hebda described the Peace Region as "one of the most magnificent places on earth."

"There are some amazing things that are of world importance," he said, pointing out there are tens of thousands of fossils that have not yet been studied.

"I know for a fact that some of them will provide new information on life that no one has known before on the history of life on earth," he said.

Dr. Hedba will be presenting an evening lecture on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 to 9:00 pm: at the Peace Gallery North (North Peace Cultural Centre), in Fort St. John, B.C.

There will be morning discussions on Thursday, May 5th at 9:30 am to 12 pm at The Atrium, Northern Lights College, in Fort St. John, B.C.

Hebda's third conference will take place Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Tumbler Ridge Public Library (Tumbler Ridge Community Centre), in Tumbler Ridge, B.C.

All three events are free of charge and open to the public, additionally there will be a variety of local foods available. For anyone not able to attend in person, there will be a Facebook Live Video available for anyone in the world to tune in, ask questions and join the discussion

More details can be found on the official Royal BC Museum website.

  

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