Printed on 100% Post Consumer Waste Page 4 Greenways Gazette—Fall 2006 Greenways Gazette—Fall 2006 Page 1 Interpretive Hikes Ocean’s Day Greenways volunteer interpreters led several hikes: It was a windy, blustery day, but that didn't stop 1500 people from enjoying the various Native plants and birds #208-991 Alder Street events at Ocean's Day, June 3, 2006. along the Campbell River Phone/fax (250) 287-3785 Among the many attractions was the GLT wa- estuary trails; Greenways Gazette E-mail:email@example.com tershed display, recreated by Katimavik volun- < Fall Issue 2006 www.greenwaystrust.ca teers Danielle Prophet and Jacob McKinnon Greenways thanks Starbucks and the Coastal Mail to: P.O. Box 291 Campbell River, B.C. V9W 5B1 Community Credit Union for their financial GLT’S Mission and Baikie Island Work Continues support, as well as the dedicated event plan- ners and 35 volunteers who helped make this A date with history and ghostly In- Goals: year's Ocean's Day a success. dian Pipe on the Ripple Rock trail;> The act of creating an Old Growth tation is also one way to shortcut the Our Mission: Forest ecosystem from scratch may be hundreds of years that it would take The mission of the Greenways a science, but the crew working on for a natural forest to re-establish itself Land Trust is to enhance the com- Baikie Island have turned it into a in this old industrial site. munity through the creation and management of greenways net- work of art. In the last two weeks of Funds for this project were obtained The connection between works, based on principles of October, Dave Cunning, Terry Hale by Greenways Land Trust from the rain, forests, rivers and stream and land stewardship and and workers from the Campbell River Pacific Salmon Foundation. The City development, within public and Mental Health and Addiction Services of Campbell River also donated funds salmon on the Canyon private property partnerships. View trail. Vocational Program transformed the for planting and labour. < sterile top of the bank around the Our goals: back-channel into a tapestry of tex- • To work with the City of Camp - tures and shapes. Remnants of old tree There are two different ways to become a member. 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Chuck DeSorcy listed throughout the newsletter, I’d A heartfelt thank you for a great year Sue McDonald You can also reach us by calling 287-3785 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com like to mention: The Estuary Protection and here’s looking ahead to 2007! Barry Ross Group, for funding the Smart Growth Jerry Fletcher - President Newsletter: Page 2 Greenways Gazette—Fall 2006 Editor/writer: Luisa Richardson Photography: Luisa Richardson, Maggie Greenways Gazette—Fall 2006 Page 3 Moczulski Design: Danielle Cryderman and Adam Juvenile Fish Fences—Simms Creek Stewardship Society Earth Day Broom Bash Casey Simms Creek Stewards used a fish fence to trap and count ocean-bound Coho smolts in the spring of 2006. These smolts, now old enough to head Trail. The warmth of the sun re- qualities. out to sea, are the progeny of the adult Coho that swam upstream during flected off the dancing ripples of the "It's really green and it really stinks!" 2004 fall storms. The term “head out to sea” gives the wrong impression, as Campbell River and paralleled the said Greta Hamilton, a seven year old the smolts back down the creek, letting the current carry them along. warmth of the volunteers as they volunteer who noticed the resin- like A total of 8,740 Coho smolts and 202 Cutthroat trout “backed” out of chatted and worked. smell of the leaves. Simms Creek. The other two creeks where counting fences were installed "We couldn't have asked for a better Greenways Land Trust would like to had lower numbers. Casey Creek had 552 Coho smolts and 13 Cutthroat, day or nicer people," exclaimed thank all of the hard-working volun- while Woods Creek had 464 Coho smolts and 14 Cutthroat. Luisa Richardson, Operations Man- teers, too numerous to mention here, “It depends on the size and productivity of the creek,” explains Barry Peters, ager at Greenways Land Trust. as well as our generous sponsors: of DFO, noting that when numbers are unusually high, the fish are smaller. Sunshine and warmth bathed the Every one loves to pick blackberries, Starbucks, Thrifty Foods, Quality Funding was provided by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Department Contractor Dave Cunning and coho smolt Broom Bash volunteers who showed but the intent of removing these inva- Foods, the B.C. Schizophrenia Soci- of Fisheries and Oceans through the Public Involvement Program. up on Saturday, April 22, 2006, to sive plants around the estuary is to ety and the Comox-Strathcona Re- clear Scotch Broom and Himala yan allow native plants to flourish. This gional District. Blackberry from the Myrt Thompson in turn provides suitable habitat for Nunns Creek Stewards native insects, birds and mammals. If the Coho fry in Nunns Creek could speak, they might complain about The other target, Scotch Broom, is a having to crowd into smaller and smaller pools as their stream dries up particularly successful invader that during the hot summer months. They might also thank the Nunns Creek takes over disturbed spaces. Though stewards for looking ahead to next summer’s water supply proble ms by it may protect bare soil from erosion, building a weir to retain water. If a stream can bank the water that it gets it does not provide a good home for from wetlands and rain for the dry months, the Coho fry that spend 18 native species. Then again, it takes months in that stream will have a better chance of survival. the observant senses of a young per- In addition to the weir, the stewards planted grasses and willow trees to son to point out Scotch Broom's other prevent soil erosion and siltation of the creek. It is important to leave a wide strip of native forest along the banks of any stream. The vegetation Photos: Various Earth Day Volunteers prevents soil erosion, provides shade, insects and stream complexity. Funding for this project was obtained by Greenways Land Trust from the Community Service Day Greenways Gallop Vancouver Foundation. Thanks are due to Ed James of Evergreen Auto- motive for allowing access to the creek on his private land, TLC excavat- There's strength in numbers, and on volunteers Maggie Searcy, Craig The first annual Greenways Gallop ing and DFO for technical support. Nunns steward Barb Phipps at the weir May 5th, 2006, there was power in Lambertus, Sean Dorman and, of Run for Mother Nature was a success! the coming together of four groups: course, Mark Buhler, who organized Over fifty people came out to run or Casey, Woods and Storie Creek Streamkeepers Greenways Land Trust, Grade 10 stu- the community service day. walk a marked 5 km route through the dents from the Campbell River Chris- Beaver Lodge Forest Lands. Many Stream keeper Grant Eriksen can tell a perfect Coho stream when he sees tian School, Katimavik volunteers and participants accomplished their first 5 one and the North tributary of Woods Creek, near the Storie Creek golf Simms Creek stewards. km event on May 13th , 2006, after course, qualifies as a perfect 10. Together and sometimes forming completing their ShoreRunners' Learn “Woods Creek has slow water, a low gradient and lots of old and new smaller groups, these volunteers to Run Clinic. Thanks go to to beaver dams,” says Grant. “A full riparian set back keeps the waters cool scoured various trails in the Beaver HealthyWay Vitamins Plus, Thrifty and provides leaves and insects. The larger gravel has sand and enough Lodge Forest Lands, up-rooting inva- Foods, Quality Foods, Tim Horton's, small pea gravel so that the Coho can hide their eggs from predators.” sive plants, clearing bridges, smooth- Vancouver Island Runners Associa- “This year, we have to repair a weir structure that washed out after eight ing out ruts in the trails and removing tion, course markers and marshals years,” explains Grant. “It was originally an old beaver dam, but when piles of garbage from the entrance from the Ministry of Forests and the beavers were trapped out, we had to restore the dam with a wooden parking lots. Greenways. Prizes were donated by weir and a fish channel. The beavers came back and plugged up the weir. Thanks are due to the Campbell River ShoreRunners Specialty Running Then part of the bank washed away during a storm, two years ago.” Christian School students; teachers Store, the River Runners, and Janine Stewards usually pick out old beaver dam locations for their water retain- Bryan Glum, Kathy Andrews and Kegler, local jewelry artisan. Woods Creek steward Grant Eriksen ing structures, because “Beavers know the right spots to build.” Funding Derek Bird; Simms Stewards Tom See www.greenwaystrust.ca Written by : Danielle Cryderman for a portion of this project was obtained by Greenways Land Trust from Easton and Bob Tomkin; Katimavik for complete stories the Vancouver Foundation.