Phase one of The Little Campbell River Interpretive Signage project is now complete. (Dec.1, 2011)
With the crucial support of funders and project partners: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Nature and BC Naturalists Foundation, Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, City of Surrey SHaRP, Langley Environmental Partners Society, A Rocha Canada and the Little Campbell Watershed Society, we proceeded to conduct activities to accomplish: the installation of informative and colourful interpretive signs - 78, 10” x 12” plant species and 13, 18” x 36” wildlife and habitat; the enhancement of the Lower Forest Trail for special needs access, safety and group gathering places; the planting of over 300 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants and the extensive removal of non native invasive species.
The Little Campbell (Tat-a-lu) River and watershed are a part of the Fraser River estuary, the top rated Important Bird Area in Canada of 600 internationally designated sites. The river was listed in 2009 as an endangered river in British Columbia and it has the greatest population of spawning salmon for its size in the lower mainland. The riparian forest is not only a jewel in the South Surrey, Langley area but also has visible wildlife activity along the forest trail for visitors to enjoy. Volunteers conducting educational tours directly reached over 6,000 students and visitors in 2010. The existing plant signage was in a severe state of deterioration.
It is our belief, based on very positive feedback from visitors, community and volunteers that the project is a great success. The trail improvements, enhanced riparian habitat and new, interpretive signage have combined to provide the community with a very interesting and enjoyable experience connecting to nature close to the city.
The self guided walking brochure shows a much needed map of the trails, tells of the site’s history, the flora and fauna that may be seen, resources and links for further information and acknowledgement of project funders and partners. The brochure also includes a list of questions for visitors but targeted more for teachers to use with their students to stimulate thinking and increase observations to lead to further understanding of the riparian forest ecosystem.
This project shows how greater goals can be accomplished with community partners sharing resources.
Project partners: the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club and Little Campbell Hatchery, The City of Surrey SHaRP team, A Rocha Canada volunteers and the Langley Environmental Partners YEAH Team all contributed equipment, materials, plants and most importantly people to do the required tasks. Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society coordinated and administered the project, designed the signage and walking tour brochure and also provided expertise and volunteers. Together with our project partners over 80 volunteers were involved in the project.