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Trails Strategy for BC

Trails Strategy for BC

Public Input sought by Feb 28, 2020 The BC government is seeking public input on its “Trails Strategy for BC”. Several naturalists have commented that some trails should remain single purpose, for walkers and hikers focussed on nature study and observation. Not all trails should be designed for multi-use. The BC government survey takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Deadline to complete is February 28th by 4:00 pm. The survey is available from the following link: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/trailsstrategyreview/ Click below for…

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Nature on the Hill Day

Nature on the Hill Day

Appeal to Nature Vancouver members – Contact your MP in Support of Nature Nature Canada is organizing a rally “Nature on the Hill Day” in Ottawa on February 4th, to support Canada’s targets of 17% protection of land/freshwater and 10% protection of coastal/marine water, by 2020. In addition, this rally supports the Green Budget Coalition’s recommendations for investments in Nature in the 2020-21 federal budget.  BC Nature is sending two representatives to the rally.  Nature Vancouver is encouraging our members to…

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Tree Swallow Nesting Box Program

Tree Swallow Nesting Box Program

Report by Dr. Peter R.B. Ward Cascade Bird Box Team has been working at McCleery Golf Course, other City of Vancouver courses and several private golf courses since 2014. We have achieved a steady growth in the summer population of Tree Swallows, with the co-operation of Golf Course superintendents. These birds are really good at controlling insects, and are a pleasure to watch. They are dependent for breeding on the presence of a suitable hole in a tree or a…

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Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

As part of the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade (a ten year project), the four sewerage treatment lagoons will be ‘dewatered’ over the next three years, but mitigation wetlands may not be created for another ten years, towards the end of the construction project. Bird Studies Canada and Nature Vancouver have sent a letter to Metro Vancouver Regional District expressing concerns with this multiyear gap for bird habitat. A PDF of the letter is available HERE.

Fraser Watershed Initiative

Fraser Watershed Initiative

Workshop on Lower Fraser River, organized by the Rivershed Society of BC June 20, 1:00 to 3:45 pm at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Come with your ideas to help create a conservation and restoration plan for the Lower Fraser River. Please register to attend by EMAIL MORE INFORMATION

Vanier Park Cottonwood Forest Area

Vanier Park Cottonwood Forest Area

Vancouver Park Board seeks public input Here’s an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan for the Vanier Park forest area, located near the Museum of Vancouver, just northwest of the Burrard Street bridge, between the Coast Guard station and the Vancouver Music Academy. This area has the Cottonwood Forest, youth bike BMX jumps and a pair of nesting eagles. The plan proposes: a bike circuit dirt track for children, a new eagle nest pole to provide a potential nesting site to…

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Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Submitted by Bev Ramey Bev@naturevancouver.ca Many of you are aware that logging occurred last year in what is known as the Manning-Skagit ‘Donut Hole’. The Donut Hole refers to the area not yet included within the parks but surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This area has not yet received park designation due to an old mining claim, and the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission is negotiating to buy out this claim. Government allowed logging to occur last year, but after…

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Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Future of Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, wetlands and public facilities at Iona Island Regional Park Several Nature Vancouver members attended a public meeting in January and recently a stakeholder meeting regarding the future of the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. Metro Vancouver is required by law to upgrade the sewerage treatment and is seeking public input on the overall design, including wetlands and fit with Iona Island Regional Park. This is a major design and construction project, scheduled for over the next decade. …

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Jericho Lands

Jericho Lands

The City of Vancouver, the Musqueam-Squamish-Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the Canada Lands Company are co-hosting two events to launch the planning program for the future of the Jericho Lands.  Learn about the process and share your ideas. Saturday March 2, from noon to 4 pm and Thursday, March 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, both at Jericho Hill Gymnasium. See more at www.vancouver.ca/Jericho-lands

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

The Fraser River has the largest estuary on North America’s Pacific Coast. This is Canada’s major stopover of the Pacific Flyway with millions of migrating birds travelling over 3 continents, including 20 countries. The estuary and surrounding watershed supports Canada’s largest populations of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey with global and local recognition: the most significant Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada highest designation site under the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network designation as 4 provincial Wildlife Management Areas…

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