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Jun 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Honours Environmental Volunteers

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 26, 2017 – Rain or shine, they’re out there – cleaning up trails, protecting fish habitat, educating the public and taking on many other activities that support the environment.

Coquitlam’s environmental volunteers and stewardship groups were recognized June 25 at the City’s annual Environmental Volunteer Celebration, held in the main lobby at City Hall.

About 150 volunteers attended the 14th annual event, which included a luncheon, entertainment, hands-on activities, door prizes, presentations on youth projects, and the debut screening of a video featuring the work of local volunteers and groups. The video can be viewed at youtu.be/3VVoiYqlTqg, and images showcasing Coquitlam’s environmental volunteers are posted at flic.kr/s/aHskX8A4Pu.

Coquitlam has more than 2,200 acres of parks and natural spaces, including many kilometres of creeks, streams and rivers that stretch across the community.

More than 20 groups and hundreds of volunteers take on projects year-round that support the environment in many ways. A sample from the last year includes:

  • Litter cleanup – Adopt-A-Trail volunteers;
  • Nest box maintenance and guided public hikes – Burke Mountain Naturalists;
  • An education forum – Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable;
  • Japanese knotweed removal – Friends of Deboville Slough;
  • Salmon releases, events and stewardship activities – Hoy/Scott Creek Watershed Society, Hyde Creek Watershed Society and Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers;
  • Growing produce for SHARE Community Services – Inspiration Garden volunteers;
  • Habitat restoration – North Fraser Salmon Assistance Project;
  • Tree tours and Treefest – Riverview Horticultural Centre Society; and 
  • Providing an environmental perspective to Council – City’s Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC).

At Sunday’s celebration, two youth projects were highlighted:

  • Creation of a new Mundy Park Trail by Hillcrest Middle School students, who worked with the City to create a new trail, plant native species and clean debris; and
  • A trail-marking project at Ridge Park by the 10th Coquitlam Cubs, who installed wayfinding markers to prevent trampling of sensitive areas and encourage better use of the trail.

Hands-on activities, staffed by SEAC members, included a nature selfie station, a tracks and scat identification table, a puzzle of Coquitlam’s natural wonders, and a large canvas where event-goers painted something to reflect their volunteer experience, amid words such as Community Spirit, Diversity and Connections.

The Environmental Achievement Awards program will return in 2018 and is held every two years.

Coquitlam residents with an interest in the environment are encouraged to sign up as a City volunteer to take part in activities such as invasive plant removal from City parks, tree planting, helping at environmental events, and wearing the City’s bear and salmon mascot costumes (information at coquitlam.ca/volunteer).

Individuals or groups interested in taking responsibility for a section of Coquitlam’s trail system are invited to sign up for the Adopt-A-Trail program (information at coquitlam.ca/adoptatrail).

For more information about the City’s environmental activities, visit coquitlam.ca/environment.

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Media contact:

Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3536
swarriner@coquitlam.ca