A Vital Abbotsford Wetland
This 15 acre property was donated to the FVC in 2008 by a local family, to protect the ecological values of its important wetland habitat. It acts like a giant sponge for Abbotsford. During rain events, the storm drains from downtown Abbotsford empty into the headwaters of Horn and Willband Creeks. These creeks then flow into the south end of this large wetland complex. The water then flows out through Matsqui farmland and out to the Fraser River. The ability of the wetland to absorb excess water reduces flooding impacts downstream. In addition the flood protection it offers, the area creates an important refuge for many species, especially birds and fish. The FVC portion of this wetland is only part of a much bigger complex and we work with the neighbours and the City of Abbotsford to ensure it can sustain important habitat for wildlife into the future as well as mitigate the impacts of climate change.