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Jun 10, 2019 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Honours Environmental Volunteers

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 10, 2019 – Rain or shine, our community’s environmental volunteers are 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 8 at the City’s annual Environmental Volunteer Celebration, held at City Hall.

About 90 volunteers attended the 16th annual event, which included a luncheon, entertainment, hands-on activities, door prizes, presentations, and the screening of a slideshow highlighting the work of local volunteers and groups. The slideshow can be viewed at www.coquitlam.ca/greenevents and on the City’s Facebook page. 

Volunteer Environmental Work

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:

  • Shoreline Cleanup – with Kwikwetlem First Nation;
  • Litter cleanups – Adopt-A-Trail and Adopt-a-Street volunteers;
  • Nest box maintenance, bat box installation and guided public hikes – Burke Mountain Naturalists;
  • Educational Events and Invasive Plant Removal – Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable;
  • Japanese knotweed removal and public nature walks – Friends of Deboville Slough;
  • Salmon releases, events and stewardship activities – Hoy-Scott Watershed Society, Hyde Creek Watershed Society and Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers; and
  • Providing an environmental perspective to Council – City’s Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Coquitlam residents with an interest in the environment are encouraged to sign up at www.coquitlam.ca/volunteer 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.

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

Adopt-A-Trail Program
Adopt-A-Trail volunteers help keep the trails clean and safe for the public by clearing litter from the trail and observing and reporting on a variety of parks issues including illegal dumping, vandalism such as graffiti or damage to property, location of needles and dangerous trees. 980 hours were volunteered in 2018 and over 51 km of trails have been adopted. That’s more than half of Coquitlam’s trail system and pathways.

Adopt-A-Street Program
The City of Coquitlam has created the Adopt-A-Street program to increase community awareness and participation in litter control. Our mission is to maintain a sustainable and beautiful City by encouraging everyone to take an active role. To date the program has 112 volunteers and has adopted 122km of roads.

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

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam