Rain or Shine, FVC Youth Stewards in Action

FVC Youth Stewards update: Rick Hansen Science 10 Honours Students and Scouts Service Project

June was a busy month for the Fraser Valley Conservancy’s Youth Stewards Program, as we wrapped up yet another school year and celebrated the start of summer. But, our work wasn’t over yet- due to generous funding from the Wal-Mart Evergreen Green Grants Program, we were able to deliver two projects that helped us fulfill our goal of increasing youth participation in environmental stewardship activities. Continue reading

Grant to support local Wildlife Corridor Restoration project


– Grant to support local Wildlife Corridor Restoration project –

Chilliwack, BC (May 15, 2012) – The Fraser Valley Conservancy received $3000 last year from the Rebuilding Nature Grant Program to help create and restore a significant wildlife corridor in the Chilliwack river valley. Supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen, the Rebuilding Nature Grant Program is a national program designed to support urban environmental stewardship projects that provide community members with opportunities to restore and care for urban landscapes. Continue reading

Earth Day Partnerships Blooming

IMGP0077-225x300One of Fraser Valley Conservancy’s (FVC) mandates is to promote the acquisition and preservation of areas with ecological and historic values in the Fraser Valley. A newly acquired land-in-trust offered a perfect opportunity to celebrate Earth Day while partnering with other environmental organizations to highlight the need for protecting and enhancing natural areas. Continue reading

Another Successful Planting Event!

Maclure-Planting-1-225x300On Saturday March 24th, The Fraser Valley Conservancy and 38 volunteers spent the day planting over 600 plants and trees in Maclure Wetlands.  In the Fraser Valley, wetlands have declined by as much as 75% due to conversion to farm land or for urban development.  The Maclure Wetland Restoration and Habitat Creation Project will help reverse that trend by restoring the 16 acre marsh-wetland habitat and increasing public awareness by educating the public, university students and volunteers about the importance of healthy ecosystems for the protection of critical habitat and wildlife. Continue reading

Making Connections in Conservation

Cutting-the-Ribbion-Joe-Feriancek-Lisa-Fox-David-Lamson-Arieol-AlderkingOn October 20th 2011, Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) hosted its first annual Fraser Valley Conservation Connection in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.  Along with allowing its attendees to make connections with like minded individuals, they enjoyed hearing the different perspectives on conservation from the Fraser Valley and beyond.  Two great guest speakers, Jerry DeBacker (Whatcom Land Trust) and Todd Carnahan (Habitat Acquisition Trust), let us know what’s happening in Whatcom County and Victoria respectively. Continue reading

RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant

IMGP0313-300x225The Fraser Valley Conservancy is one of the proud recipients to receive funding from the RBC Blue Water Project*. The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help foster a culture of water stewardship, so that people have clean fresh water today and tomorrow.

With funding from this project FVC will be able to enhance and protect over fifty acres of land and restore over ten acres within that total. FVC owns sixteen acres of wetland located in Abbotsford, called the Maclure Wetlands, as well as the Auchenway Wildlife Corridor in the Chilliwack River Valley. Each of the properties is in need of restoration and enhancement to increase the biological function and improve wildlife habitats. Each of the sites is located in important local community environmental areas as determined by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada and each have community support. Continue reading

Thanks for all the “Toad” Support!

WT-Road-Closed-300x225Thank you for the generous donations towards our Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Program!

Due to the recent media exposure, the story about the Ryder Lake toads have touched the hearts of many, so many in fact we have received over $1500 in donations this past month! It is hard to express, not only as staff, but also as a not for profit organization, how grateful we are for your generosity!

Many of you whom donated to this project expressed a need to be kept up to date about the progress of the toads and the project as a whole. As a result we added a new webpage to our site titled “RLAPP Updates” which includes updates about the project, recent video and photo’s as well as links to recent media exposure.

The best way to support the little toadlets is through our Toonie for a Toad fundraising campaign, there are several ways you can donate:

In Person: Drop by the office with your contribution

By Mail: Send a cheque payable to the Fraser Valley Conservancy to our address:

PO Box 2026 Abbotsford BC V2T 3T8

On the Internet: Make a payment through Canada Helps.org


Again, thank you for all the support!

Suzie MacMillan

Office & Field Manager


Restoration Project Underway

Before-Restoration-300x225FVC staff and volunteers have been busy this month restoring wildlife habitat at our Ryder Creek Wildlife Corridor.

The Fraser Valley Conservancy acquired the property, which is located in the Chilliwack River Valley, early this year from the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). The  FVRD was looking for a conservation organization to protect the property in perpetuity. In 2009 a landslide swept down the hill and plugged a portion of Ryder Creek. The flooding that ensued caused the evacuation of the residents and made the property too hazardous to live on.



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