Ryder Creek Wildlife Corridor
Official Ribbon Cutting
The FVC acquired this property along Auchenway Road in January 2011. The property is located along the Chilliwack River and connects Provincial parkland to Crown land and is home to several species at risk. The FVC came into possession of the property thanks to the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) which was looking for a conservation organization to look after the property.
In January of 2009, snow melt and heavy rain on top of frozen soils caused a clay slide that plugged a portion of Ryder Creek. During the emergency Ryder Creek was returned to its original channel but the flooding, property damage, and the increased risk of further slides led to the permanent evacuation of the property’s residents.
The FVC partnered with the Chilliwack River Action Committee who has successfully undertaken many restoration projects on similarly affected sites. The tasks will include monitoring for species at risk, removing invasive plants, removing dilapidated sheds and anthropogenic debris, installing bird and bat boxes, and replanting the whole site with native vegetation. Once restoration to both riparian and terrestrial habitats are complete, a significant wildlife corridor will be created that connects crown land to the north and provincial park land to the south. This corridor will enable wildlife to migrate naturally between their different seasonal habitats.
- Restoration work has begun at this site. Read the story: Restoration Project Underway
- Grant to support local Wildlife Corridor Restoration project: FVC received $3000 from the Rebuilding Nature Grant Program