Become a Nature Steward!

The FVC encourages everyone to be a steward of nature, and it starts in your own backyard!
Joining the Nature Stewards Program is an active way to take part in conservation in the Fraser Valley.

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What is the Nature Stewards Program?

The Nature Stewards Program is a landowner stewardship initiative run in partnership by the Fraser Valley Conservancy and the South Coast Conservation Program.

Landowners who participate in this program want to make their property more welcoming to local plants and wildlife. Knowledgeable FVC staff (or staff from our partner organization) help landowners to create a conservation management and monitoring plan for your property.

To ensure  our program draws on the best resources available, and remains sustainable, we partner with other similar local organizations to ensure its ongoing maintenance and delivery.

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How does it work?

When you sign up to become a Nature Steward, a knowledgeable FVC (or partner organization) staff member will schedule, at your convenience, a site visit to your property to help  identify potential wildlife habitat. The staff member will incorporate your personal interests along with their findings from the site visit to create a conservation management and monitoring plan for your property.

Depending on your level of interest, a detailed property report and training on specific stewardship actions can be arranged.  For more challenging and complex tasks, funds and services may be provided through partner and in-house grant-funded projects. These may include assisting with the removal of stubborn invasive plants or planting a large area with local native vegetation.

Nature Stewards participating in our program are encouraged (but not required) to sign a Stewardship Agreement. When a Nature Steward signs such an agreement, they are committing to providing protection for the wildlife habitat on their property for the duration of their ownership. This document is not legally binding. It simply demonstrates the landowner’s commitment to the ongoing stewardship of their property.

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Where is it offered?

Currently, the FVC delivers the program throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley, where properties contain or adjoin natural areas that can support wildlife.

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How to get involved:

While we have been running this program since 2006, the number of participants we can accept for this program fluctuates from year to year based on program funding.

Please contact us if you would like to participate in this program!

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For resources related to this program including information on gardening with native plants, removing invasive plants and animals, identifying wildlife and leaving a conservation legacy, please visit our stewardship page.