Press Release, February 13, 2017, Slocan Valley, BC
Perry Ridge Water Users Uploads U-Tube Video The Geological History of the Slocan and Kootenay River Basins presentation by Lesley Anderton
Perry Ridge Water Users Association announces a new uploaded educational video, which the public can link to through our website (perryridge.org) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOI8oIkn_kI&t=52s
Marilyn Burgoon, President of the Association states: “The public now has the opportunity to learn from the uploaded u-tube presentation The Geological History of the Slocan and Kootenay River Basin about the special place we call home in the West Kootenays.
The presentation teaches the geological history going back millions of years, which includes the formation of continents and in particular it teaches about the various rock formations and mountains in the area. It explains what these rocks tell us about the history of the mountains, water and land formations. This presentation deepens our connection to this place and our knowledge of the landscapes that surrounds us, supports our survival, and provides a significant portion of hydroelectric power to the rest of the Province. The presentation shows many beautiful and informative slides about the area.
The appeal of Lesley Anderton, MA (UBC) has been demonstrated over the decades as a much loved Geology instructor at Selkirk College and her knowledge is extensive, and irreplaceable. Ms. Anderton states, “I enjoy sharing my love of the natural environment by interpreting the local geology for non-specialists.”
Lesley Anderton grew up in Lancashire in the north of England where she came to love the outdoors. Having gained a BA (Hons) degree in Geology and Geography from Keele, she won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at UBC. After completing her master’s degree with a thesis entitled ‘The Quaternary Stratigraphy and Geomorphology of the Lower Thompson Valley’ she returned to work in England at Malham Tarn Field Centre in the Yorkshire Dales. In 1969 Lesley began her 35 year career at Selkirk College, where she taught first and second year geology and geography courses and developed the ‘Geology, Landforms and Soils’ course for renewable resources technology students. In addition she developed a first year Environmental Science Course for non-science majors. In the summers she frequently worked on terrain analysis mapping with Dr June Ryder. Some of the public may recall Dr. June Ryder from her work locally, “Geological Hazards of the Perry Ridge Benchlands”and her grave concerns about several aspects of the potential effects of logging the Perry Ridge uplands www.perryridge.org
Marilyn James/smum iem matriarch/Sinixt nations) states: “Sinixt nation territory is governed by two traditional/cultural laws. The whuplak’n, the “law of the land”,a premise that literally means that the land and all aspects of the land dictates the protocols of care and use of it. The second law is smum iem and means, “belongs to the women”. The elders (now ancestor Eva Orr, Alvina Lum and Annie Kruger are the Sinixt women who I largely credit for the land, water and cultural knowledge I carry. ”
Videographer Kai Cabodyna’s work has produced an exceptionally clear presentation and audio capturing Lesley’s enthusiasm for geology. The accompanying images demonstrate Lesley Anderton’s extensive knowledge of the landscape. Kai states, “Lesley’s presentation is jam packed with quality information about our place in the Kootenays. Being translated into a video makes this knowledge accessible for a wider audience, allowing people to revisit it and learn something new with every viewing.”
Perry Ridge Water Users Association is a public awareness and advocacy group, focusing on education related to water and land issues in the Slocan Valley. We have been in existence since 1983. The presentation and the video were made possible through the generous funding of Regional District of Central Kootenays, Area E and Area H Discretionary Fund.
Contact: Marilyn Burgoon @ 604-259-0996 or e-mail lemon_creek_private_prosecution@ yahoo.ca