This 7.8 acre parcel of important forest habitat was donated to the Fraser Valley Conservancy in 2013. It is on a northern facing slope of Sumas Mountain where three creeks flow through spectacular mature cedar, big leaf maple, sword fern and stinging nettle forests. The property provides valuable habitat for the resident amphibian, black-tail deer, black bear, bobcat, coyote, song birds and raptor populations. In addition, it is home to several species at risk including: Oregon forestsnail and Pacific sideband, Mountain beaver, Pacific waterleaf, and possibly Pacific water shrew as well as Northern red-legged frog.
While the property does require some minor restoration work (mostly invasive species removal and other historic anthropogenic effects) it is a relatively intact and healthy habitat. This property is nestled between housing developments (existing and pending), as such it provides an important corridor for wildlife. The FVC will monitor and manage this property to ensure it remains a valuable ecological resource to the community in perpetuity.
The FVC is completing surveys on the species at risk who occupy the property. We intend to monitor their populations and hopefully provide useful data for the biologists responsible for the recovery of these species. This includes a mark-recapture survey (to estimate population size) of endangered snails. In 2015, the FVC created a Management Plan to guide decisions made about this property. This conservation property is not open to public access in an effort to protect its sensitive nature and the species at risk who inhabit it. However, if you are interested in learning more or helping out with the ongoing protection of this important habitat, follow this link for updates about our current activities.