Local Groups

Located throughout the province, Sierra Local Groups are our “gumboots on the ground.”

Entirely volunteer-led, local groups monitor their watersheds, work on ecological restoration projects, host public events and nature outings, and advise their local government on environmental issues.

Join a Sierra Local Group in BC

Sierra Quadra

In the fall of 1997, a dozen people met on Quadra Island to discuss our concerns over numerous environmental issues on and around the island and how to get more people involved in these issues. We felt Quadra needed a stronger environmental voice. Together, we decided that Sierra Club BC, with its combination of activism, lobbying, respectability, and longevity matched our interests and criteria. In February of 1998, our group was formed and since that time, we have been involved in a wide range of issues.

Sierra Quadra works to protect and complete Quadra Island’s parks; protect the Bute Watershed from unbridled power development and water extraction projects; and educate Quadra Islanders about sustainable living, climate change and marine protection through acclaimed film and speaker events. In 2013, supporters of Sierra Quadra raised $250,000 in 5 months to save the heart of Quadra Island. Our Great Annual Beach Clean-up has been running for two decades and has become a fixture on the island.

The group’s activities are organized and conducted by a volunteer executive committee comprised of 6 members. Monthly meetings are held to organize public meetings and to develop campaigns on particular issues. All Sierra Club members are welcome to attend executive meetings.

Fundraising and local events are at the heart of what we do. Right now we are raising awareness of the Central Island Protected Area and the debilitating heart and skeletal muscle inflammation that has been discovered in BC’s farmed salmon. HSMI could have devastating consequences for BC wild salmon populations. “HSMI is related to piscine reovirus the way HIV is related to AIDS,” says Ray Grigg, a member of Sierra Quadra.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with the Sierra Quadra local group.

Sierra Malaspina

Sierra Malaspina was formed in 2003 in response to the local paper mill’s plan to burn tire-derived-fuel to produce power. Sierra Malaspina is based in Powell River and is currently run by 3 volunteers. The group serves an area stretching from Lund to Saltery Bay, including Texada and Savary Islands.

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, like when we stopped the logging of a city park when a member spotted two heron nests in the area to be logged. Our members can be found everywhere, from addressing the Mayor and Council at City Hall 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, we were successful in persuading Powell River Mayor and Council 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.

Most recently we challenged a proposal to exclude 12 hectares of the Agricultural Land Reserve in the Powell River Regional District. The land could be used for productive means such as cultivating local food, as the region currently imports 95% of our food. In a time when climate change is accelerating hazards such as drought throughout North America, and with an ever-increasing population, we need to protect fertile land. We wrote letters to the Provincial Agricultural Land Commissionin support of keeping the land within the ALR.

In November 2016, we achieved a victory! The ALC turned down Powell River City Council’s request for exclusion from the ALR. This is a wonderful move that will help encourage local sustainable agriculture.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with Sierra Malaspina.

Sierra Okanagan

The Okanagan’s unique ecosystems and wildlife habitats boast a special opportunity to preserve nature in one of the most biodiverse hotspots in BC. The Sierra Okanagan local group was established in August 2012, and since then has worked to preserve nature in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

Our group vision is to see the Okanagan as an example of humans and nature living in balance, with watersheds intact and healthy, and all waterways restored to as close a natural state as possible. This includes preserving all remaining natural areas in and around our communities, inclusive of wetlands, grasslands and forests.

Our mission is to see communities have means of connecting with nature, through a network of human and nature parks and protected areas with connective corridors throughout the region. Where we can, we encourage and support places where humans and nature can co-exist, such as well-managed large free range ranches, sustainable forestry operations and eco-tourism activities.

During the fall of 2016, we partnered with high school students from the Students Without Borders Academy to research natural systems and their significance in the greater Vernon area. Not only was this an exciting opportunity for students to learn the importance of niche species that live in this area, it encouraged them become informed about how modern development has altered the natural world and to decide what kind of future they want for our planet. Sierra Okanagan and the SWBA will report findings and make policy recommendations for local, provincial and federal governments.

We are inviting anyone who is passionate about bringing the Okanagan into greater balance with nature to join us and become a member. We are also recruiting for a volunteer co-chair, event organizer and fundraiser. If you are interested, please contact Brad at edevelop@telus.net.

Sierra Lower Mainland

Sierra Lower Mainland campaigns to stop the expansion of oil pipelines and tankers on B.C.’s coast. Please email our Vancouver Outreach Coordinator, Brynne Morrice at brynne@sierraclub.bc.ca if you would like to get involved with Sierra Club BC in the Lower Mainland.

Sierra Victoria

Sierra Victoria works to ensure that the Juan de Fuca forest is protected by regional bylaws as a wilderness corridor and a carbon sink. Sierra Victoria also organizes fundraisers in and around Victoria. Please contact us if you would like to get involved with the Sierra Victoria local group.

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Growing Into Balance

We're excited to launch of our new strategic plan, a transformational vision to protect ecosystems and support diverse communities in climate resilience. Just like the heron, we aim to bring balance into all our relationships.