In June we hosted a barbeque for the residents of Ledgeview Estates and the FVC members to celebrate the acquisition of our newest property. The event was a chance for our new neighbours to get to know the FVC staff and members as well as a chance for everyone to learn about the ecological values of the property, so we can work together to help protect it for years to come.
In addition to having educational displays, a conservation biologist from one of our partner organizations (Pamela Zevit of the South Coast Conservation Program) provided guided tours of the property pointing out some of the rare species and unique habitat features.
Members and neighbours also helped us plant young Western Red Cedars and Big Leaf Maple trees to further enhance the habitat and compensate for some of the trees recently cleared in the adjoining housing development. Each new tree was protected by individual fencing because the resident deer population has a significant browsing effect on any young trees trying to establish themselves.
Thanks to Tiffany at Birch Grove Nursery, we had native plants on display that make excellent examples for nature-friendly gardens. The plants were a prize for our raffle draw and were won by one of our new neighbours who was excited to add them to her garden that backs onto the conservation property!
RBC staff from the Sumas branch volunteered there time and Blue Water supplies to ensure this event was a success – huge thanks to Melina, Jacqueline and their super-helper Grayson!