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The Whistler Black Bear Working Group is trying to compile this list of trees, shrubs and plants to include as guidelines in the fifth draft of the Whistler Human-Bear Conflict Management Plan. The list is being made to educate builders, landscapers and people in general about what flora they can plant and isn't considered a highly attractive form of food for a black bear. I don't know what is "misguided" about trying to educate people that they might not want to plant a mountain ash tree right beside their front door. Instead they might want to plant this highly attractive food source at the back of their yard or somewhere that is not in a high human traffic area or not at all .

If you would like to read more about Whistler's current vegetation management strategies go to www.whistler.ca and click on the heading "Residents," then go to "Municipal Services," "Animal Control and Wildlife," then "Black Bears." If you have any other questions please call 604-905-BEAR option 3.

Michelle Sims

Bear Aware, PDS



A SWELL Premier

Last Wednesday night a full house at the Whistler Conference Centre witnessed the coming together of five amazing artists, all in support of finding a cure to Crohn's and Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). Whistler Friends dubbed the event "An evening of art, inspired by the ocean" and what an evening it was.

Whistler's own Chili Thom displayed a gallery of his original art that had even the greatest Chili fans fascinated by the detail and emotion found in his work.

The Rutherford Creek Trio laid down some groovy tunes to keep the atmosphere lively and inspiring.

The theatre portion of the event was kicked off by the award winning short film "Glamour Guts" by Jasmine Oore from Halifax. The film takes a lighthearted look at living with Crohn's Disease.

Jordan Manley showed off his craft with his winning slideshow from the 2009 Pro Photographer Showdown, and the evening closed out with the Canadian Premier of a slideshow by Clark Little, world famous Hawaiian surf photographer. Over 250 people attended, and more that $5,500 was raised for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

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