AGM June 16th! Come out and hear about the conservation work being done in your community…

 

Annual General Meeting

June 16th, 2015 7:00 pm 33167 2nd Avenue, Mission BC

Join us at our new office space to hear and see what we’ve been up to this past year!

  • Be inspired by a presentation from Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of the Nature Trust of BC, as he shares with us his vision for land trusts
  • See presentations on projects we have been working on
  • Meet the FVC staff, Directors, and members
  • Ask questions and make suggestions

Light snacks will be served during a meet and greet starting at 6:30, meeting commences at 7:00pm

If you have any questions feel free to phone the office (604-625-0066) or e-mail joanne@fraservalleyconservancy.ca

Completion of the culvert installation 2015!

We had a very successful day on Elk View road today.  The culvert installation was completed and the road re-opened.  We started the day installing rip rap to stabilize the banks around the new culvert.  We also added more gravel to the culvert and over the stabilizing rip rap to allow easier passage of amphibians.  We also installed lock blocks at each end to give support to the road fill.  We worked around some very large boulders in the ground and created inviting openings for the amphibians.  The ends of the culvert will tie nicely into the directional fencing that will be installed later this month to guide the toadlets through the culvert.  The crew worked hard to clean up the road and a paving crew came in and did a great job.  We are very grateful for the fabulous Lafarge crew and all the other organizations that contributed to this project.  We are excited to see this stage of this project completed and look forward to working with this structure to help the local amphibians populations cross the road!

Installing rip rap to stabilize the bank.

Installing rip rap to stabilize the bank.

Installing lock blocks at each end of the culvert.

Installing lock blocks at each end of the culvert.

Installing safety barriers.

Installing safety barriers.

Cleaning up the road and compacting the road base.

Cleaning up the road and compacting the road base.

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Paving the road.

Compacting the asphalt.

Compacting the asphalt.

Our fabulous Lafarge construction crew: Jeff, Brandon, Joe, and Dan - thanks for all your hard work!

Our fabulous Lafarge construction crew: Jeff, Brandon, Joe, and Dan – thanks for all your hard work!

Construction Update – Day 3

We had another successful day of construction in the community of Ryder Lake thanks to Lafarge. Our talented excavator driver, Jeff, carefully carved out the bank at the ends of the culvert to allow unimpeded access for the amphibians to the crossing structure.  We also added many more loads of road base on top of the culvert after placing concrete rings around the toad “windows”.   The road base was compacted to provide a solid foundation for paving.  More gravel was added into the culvert and Brandon painstakingly spread it out by hand.

Cleaning up the end of the culvert.

Cleaning up the end of the culvert.

Adding road base to stabilize bank at end of culvert.

Adding road base to stabilize bank at end of culvert.

Compacting road base over culvert to create solid foundation for paving.

Compacting road base over culvert to create solid foundation for paving.

Cementing in the concrete rings for the drain covers (toad "windows").

Cementing in the concrete rings for the drain covers (toad “windows”).

The culvert sections now ready for finishing touches.

The culvert sections now ready for finishing touches.

Crossing structure installation – Day 1 and 2

Installation of the amphibian tunnel in Ryder Lake is progressing well!  The fabulous team from Lafarge Canada Ltd. spent day 1 excavating out the road and prepping the site for the culvert installation.  Day 2 started with more site preparation before the very heavy concrete culvert sections started to arrive from Langley Concrete.  In order to span the road, 5 concrete culvert sections were required.  These culvert pieces are too heavy to be moved by an excavator therefore a crane truck was brought in to move the pieces.  An excavator was used to help piece the sections together.  After all 5 pieces were painstakingly pieced together, with some very creative maneuvering, then the excavator started to back-fill the culverts with gravel.  By back-filling part of the culvert with gravel we are reducing how far down the amphibians have to climb to use the crossing structure.  Day 3, tomorrow, will be spent installing the risers for the storm drain “windows” which will allow air movement and moisture into the crossing structure.  We will also be prepping the ends of the culvert for installation of amphibian fencing to help direct amphibians to the crossing structure.  Check back for more updates!

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Excavating the site.

Prepping site for culvert.

Prepping site for culvert.

 

Culvert sections arrive from Langley Concrete

Culvert sections arrive from Langley Concrete

Using the crane truck to move culvert sections into place.

Using the crane truck to move culvert sections into place.

Maneuvering culvert sections into place using crane and excavator.

Maneuvering culvert sections into place using crane and excavator.

Many loads of road base and gravel were trucked to the site.

Many loads of road base and gravel were trucked to the site.

Gravel was spread by hand in the culvert - thanks Dan!

Gravel was spread by hand in the culvert – thanks Dan!

Culvert sections in place and ready for day 3.

Culvert sections in place and ready for day 3.

Elk View Toad Tunnel Construction update

Unfortunately, construction challenges delayed the installation of the amphibian crossing structure on Elk View Road the week of May 19th.  Construction has been rescheduled for June 1 – June 5, 2015. A full road closure will be in effect starting at 7am on Monday June 1st.  Elk View road south of Ryder Lake road will be completely closed during construction (just south of the mailbox pullout).  A map of the suggested detour routes is shown below:

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Construction update for Elk View road

We ran into a few construction challenges today while excavating for the toad tunnel installation.  Therefore, Elk View is open (temporarily) until we can proceed further with this project.  Please look for construction and detour signage as we will move forward with this project as soon as possible.

Installation of Amphibian Crossing Structure 2015

We have excellent news!  We are finally installing an amphibian crossing structure in Ryder Lake between May 19th and May 22nd, 2015.  Lafarge Canada is volunteering their services to complete the installation.

Artistic rendition of toad tunnel

The crossing structure installation requires a road closure due to heavy machinery therefore Elk View road will be closed south of its intersection with Ryder Lake road (see map).  Traffic will be detoured along Ryder Lake and Huston roads.  Updates on road closures will be available here.  If you have any questions please contact the Fraser Valley Conservancy at projects@fraservalleyconservancy.ca.

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Summer Student Work Opportunities at FVC…

The FVC is looking for two curious, hard-working and keen Student Conservation Stewards to join our team for the summer of 2015!

 

The summer students will work as part of a crew, under the supervision of Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) biologists and alongside community volunteers. They will be assisting with:

  • managing FVC conservation properties including invasive species control, restoration work as well as baseline surveys (photo-point monitoring, vegetation, gastropod, and mammal surveys);
  • monitoring juvenile Western Toad migration and participating in the installation of an amphibian crossing structure;
  • working with partner organizations assisting with fish salvage and stream restoration (including bio-engineering); and,
  • organizing and hosting outreach events, engaging youth volunteers, and promoting conservation values to the community.

These positions are a great opportunity to gain experience in conservation field. While we do not require extensive previous work experience, we will be seeking candidates that have some experience (work, volunteer or academic) in the follow areas:

  • Physically fit and comfortable working outside in all weather conditions
  • Keen interest in local conservation issues
  • Native flora and fauna identification knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have access to a reliable personal vehicle as the work will take place around the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission). The students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the daily meeting locations in each community
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (which can include evenings and weekends) to coincide with toad migrations and public events

Additional qualifications that will be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of amphibian biology, wetland ecology and species at risk issues (especially local species and ecosystems)
  • Field work experience; including monitoring methods, data collection, data analysis and technical reporting
  • Streamkeeper or other related volunteer experience
  • GPS knowledge and basic mapping skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and hosting events
  • Experience with construction projects (such as temporary fence building)

These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program; therefore candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education (must have been registered full-time in the previous academic year and returning to full time studies in September 2015)
  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age (as of May 25th, 2015)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and be legally entitled to work in Canada

Two student stewards will be hired (funding dependent) as term employees from May 25th 2015 to August 22, 2015. The rate of pay will be $13.50 per hour, 32 hours per week.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume clearly outlining how you meet the above requirements and resume to applications@fraservalleyconservany.ca.

Resumes will be accepted until 8:00 am Monday April 20th, 2015. Applicants who meet the criteria for an interview will be contacted by April 24th and interviews will take place the week of April 27th.

Spring Break Employment for High School Students Interested in Conservation in Agassiz!

Are you a grade 11 or 12 student who likes spending time exploring the outdoors, learning new things and getting soaking wet and muddy? Are you fascinated by frogs and wetlands? If so our partners on the Spotted Frog Project have a couple of unique opportunities for the right people. Please note this work is in Agassiz in the Eastern Fraser Valley and is not accessible by public transit – due to this limitation all students must be either based in Agassiz or have the ability (i.e. a car) to get to the meeting site in Agassiz daily.

No phone calls please! Direct all inquiries and applications to applications@fraservalleyconservancy.ca

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