Jim Cooperman

Looking into the crystal ball for the Shuswap

Looking forward to the New Year can spark us to ponder about what the future holds for the Shuswap.

Reconnecting young people with the natural environment

Nature deficit disorder may be more of a metaphor than a legitimate physiological or psychological condition

The possibility of new trails above Celista

The Shuswap Trail Alliance, in conjunction with the CSRD, is always on the lookout for new trail opportunities

Shuswap’s only tailings dam

Given the elevated concerns about mine tailings after the Mt. Polley disaster, I recently took advantage of the opportunity…

Pollution report leaves questions

Produced by the environmental consulting firm, Tri-Star, the 2014 SLIPP Water Quality Report examines tributaries

Fishing traditional style

Columnist reflects on the historical importance of salmon to First Nations people in B.C.

The impact of the missionaries

Prior to European contact, the Secwepemc people had their own spiritual beliefs and customs based on respect for all life and nature

A strategy to improve Shuswap food security

CSRD agriculture strategy to help bolster local food production.

How parks came to be

The Shuswap is fortunate to have so many unique and diverse regional district parks, from trails to playgrounds, beaches, bike parks…

A look back at land use planning

The ’90s was a unique decade in British Columbia, when environmental conflicts made headlines

Rail trail needs support

Until recently, the Shuswap has missed out on the opportunities that arise from the development of long-distance corridor trails

The Shuswap’s first tourist

In the early 1880s, Kamloops was still a small cattle town with only one school

SEAS celebrates 25 years of environmental activism

The Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary

Monashee Range helps define Shuswap

The Monashees, once called the Gold Range, have the ability to trap moisture from the Pacific and create high snowpacks.

A look at geology of the Shuswap

The Shuswap has a fascinating geological past, as below our feet is a section of a Precambrian craton called the Shuswap terrane

The rich legacy of Dr. Mary Thomas

It is rare for a Shuswap resident to achieve provincial or national recognition for the contributions they have made to society

Maps improve after Moberly’s survey of the Shuswap

It was not until 1865 that a fairly accurate depiction of Shuswap Lake appeared in famed surveyor Walter Moberly’s journal.

Clues and mysteries contained in old maps

The 2012 book, British Columbia, A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes provides an insightful look at the history of the province

Shuswap, Mara lakes boast rich ecosystems

Some residents have referred to the lakes as drinking water reservoirs due to their interest in maintaining high water quality

Species at risk in the Shuswap

One way to gauge the environmental health of the Shuswap is by understanding how well rare species are fairing