Vancity’s Surrey City Centre Community Branch presented Nathan Ross, program coordinator of the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) with a cheque for $5,000 for a Vancity Community Partnership Program grant. The grant will be used to restore a wetland at the north end of Green Timbers Urban Forest Park in Surrey within the drainage basin of King Creek, a Class A salmon bearing stream.
The Surrey Natural Areas Partnership is a partnership between the Green Timbers Heritage Society, the White Rock Naturalists Society, The Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society and the City of Surrey. Formed in 2001 it works to restore habitat and educate the public about Surrey’s natural areas. See more at www.surreysnaturalareaspartnership.com
This project will restore an ecologically significant seasonal wetland at the north end of Green Timbers Urban Forest Park within the drainage basin of King Creek, a Class A salmon bearing stream. The project will be involve the removal of various invasive plants, garbage, and yard waste from the natural area, and the planting native trees and shrubs.
SNAP will also promote the long term sustainability of the project through community outreach in the local neighbourhood through canvassing the community, educating residents about the importance of our urban forest and offering information about the negative effects of garbage and yard waste dumping in parks.
To ensure the planting is successful, the area will be revisited and maintained against recurrences of invasive plants, yard waste and garbage dumped in the area by future SNAP employees as well as the City of Surrey’s parks staff.