Formed in 2003, in response to the local paper mill's plan to burn tire-derived-fuel to produce power, Sierra Malaspina serves an area stretching from Lund to Saltery Bay, and including Texada and Savary Islands. Sierra Malaspina is based in Powell River. Contact us.
The picture above shows the Catalyst paper mill in the foreground below the original townsite, a national heritage site and south over the community of Westview to Malaspina Strait with Texada Island in the background. The local economy, as you can see from our surroundings, is based on resource extraction and processing of wood fibre and a growing eco-tourism industry. These two activities frequently clash.
Sierra Malaspina works to protect the beauty and integrity of our wild places - our forests teeming with wildlife and our salmon-bearing streams. This sometimes takes dramatic turns as when we stopped the logging of a city park when one of our members spotted two heron nests in the area to be logged. Sierra Malaspina members can be found everywhere from City Hall, addressing the Mayor and Council, to the banks of our beloved Myrtle Creek, a salmon stream of crucial importance for preserving the genetic diversity of coho on the Sunshine Coast.We also organize film nights and speaker events.
In 2012 Sierra Malaspina was successful in persuading Powell River mayor and councillors to turn down a proposal to build an incinerator to burn waste shipped from the Lower Mainland. The incinerator would have polluted the community airshed with carcinogens and contributed to global warming.
We are deeply concerned about the recent proposal to ship coal from Surrey Fraser Docks to Texada and on to Asia. This is part of a wider push to expand fossil fuel extraction and exports. Sierra Malaspina strongly opposes the expansion of tankers and pipelines in B.C.
Read our letter to Powell River Regional District urging protection of the beautiful Stillwater Bluffs.