The Swift Creek Watershed Society has erected a new salmon viewing platform at George Hicks Park in Valemount — just in time for this year’s salmon spawn. The higher platform provides better, safer views into the waters of Swift Creek, and it also discourages people from stepping into the creek and disturbing salmon habitat, says society president Bruce Wilkinson.
Photo source: Rocky Mountain Goat News
The platform was constructed with locally sourced wood and funded through the Columbia Basin Trust.
The Swift Creek Watershed Society is now working to add new rock and solidifying materials at seven other sites along the creek, with the goal of preventing erosion and improving salmon spawning habitat.
The Robson Valley is the northernmost salmon spawning point on the Fraser River. Chinook salmon spawn here in August and September, after travelling some 1,000 kilometres from the ocean.
Source: “Upgrades to Valemount salmon spawning lookout,” Rocky Mountain Goat News, 8 August 2014.
Seventeen participants attended the BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlandkeeper’s course, held June 20-22 in Prince George. Participants learned about birding, vegetation surveys, aquatic invertebrates, wetland restoration planning and more, applying their new skills at the Pine Marsh and Hudson’s Bay Slough and earning Wetlandkeeper certificates.
View photos of the weekend in the Prince George Wetlandkeeper’s 2014 photo album.
The Prince George Naturalists Club, Mayor Shari Green, and a major new sponsor (to be announced) will unveil a new information kiosk about the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project at noon on Tuesday April 29, at the footbridge over the channel near The Exploration Place. Details of the new sponsorship will also be presented.
Supporters are strongly encouraged to come along, to celebrate, see the new signage, and show their appreciation for the new sponsorship. Park at The Exploration Place, and follow the sign to the footbridge.
NORA’s vision is to create a community in Prince George that cares for our diverse natural surroundings and is passionate about interacting with our environment. We inspire, facilitate and advocate this connection through educational and recreational experiences. We are working on creating a network of outdoor learning and nature interpretation centers that will provide a hub to connect the community with our natural surroundings.
We value our role in fostering individual, social and ecological wellbeing through connections to this region and place.
Three locations have been proposed for this educational network: Fort George Park, Cottonwood Island Park and Forests for the World.
Forests for the World
Forests for the World is a natural environment with a series of interconnected trails through a variety of forest habitats. The site is connected to UNBC, the Cranbrook Hill Greenway Trail and to other city trails through the UNBC Connector Trail System. The site has a rich natural environment that can be enjoyed through wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, skiing and fishing. However, this location is not centrally located and access can be challenging for some.
Fort George Park/Hudson’s Bay Slough
Fort George Park is a park with many activities and attractions for residents and visitors. The park is equipped with many amenities including picnic shelters, washrooms and a band shell. The Exploration Place, Native Cemetery and Little Prince Steam Engine are very popular attractions. Bird-watching in the Hudson’s Bay Slough is very popular and it is linked to the park with the Heritage River Trails.
Cottonwood Island Park
Cottonwood Island Park is a park located at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers. It is connected to Fort George Park through the Heritage River Trail. It has a valuable ecosystem of mature cottonwood trees, one of the few left in the city. While this area is an attractive and quiet place, it is continually eroded by river and annual flooding. This site is an essential place for First Nation traditional land use. The park has boat/canoe launches, picnic shelters and pit toilets. The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum and Spruce City Wildlife Association is nearby. A parcel of private land above the 200 year flood mark may provide an opportunity for a nature facility.
NORA (the Nature and Outdoor Recreation Alliance) is an alliance of over 21 community organizations and individuals who are collaborating in order to create an nature interpretation site. We are based in Prince George, BC. Our goal is to develop an outdoor learning network and create a nature interpretation site in Prince George. To find out which organizations form the alliance, visit the Alliance Members page.
In 2012 we gathered together in order to discuss the opportunities in Prince George for creating an outdoor learning network. Today, we are working towards our goal of establishing a nature interpretation center to serve the community.
Stay tuned for more updates.