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                                                                                     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:green.ways@crcn.net
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-
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. Choose from an          bell River, community stewardship     trunks, intricate root wads and old logs
                                                               annual fee OR help support us monthly under different support levels.     groups, and landowners to plan and    are interspersed with newly planted
                                                                                                                                         develop a Greenways Habitat Cor-      young trees and shrubs.
                                                               ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP:
                                                                                                                                         ridor System.                         “Any natural forested ecosystem usu-
                                                               q Student $10 q Adult $20             q Corporate $100
     Are you a member yet?                                     OR                                                                        • To act as a community resource      ally has an abundance of woody de-
                                                                                                                                         centre on issues of land and stream   bris,” says Irv Penner, a local profes-
                                                               MONTHLY SUPPORT                                                           stewardship.                          sional forester and project advisor.
____________________________________________________________ I would like to become a monthly donor for $ ________ per                                                         “This creates essential habitat for all
Name                                           Phone Number month.
                                                                                                                                         • To act as an agency to accept       kinds of soil dwelling insects, mus h-
                                                                                                                                         and manage environmentally sensi-
____________________________________________________________ q I have enclosed a void cheque to authorize Discovery Coast
                                                                                                                                                                               rooms, plants and animals.”
                                                                                                                                         tive land.
Address                                                      Greenways Land Trust to begin monthly withdrawls.                                                                 Using a mixture of new and old vege-

City                                    Province Postal Code                                                                                         President’s Message                                                   The Discovery Coast Greenways
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Land Trust is a charity established in
                                                               Signature:______________________________________                        “It takes a village to raise a child,” says Workshop; Councillors Andy Adams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1996 to develop and protect ecologi-
                                                                                                                                       the African proverb. Similarly, it took and Laird Ruehlen, for giving up a Sat-
                                                                                                                                       the collaborative work of the Campbell urday to pull Lamium from riparian ar- cal and recreational greenways for
                                                                                                                                       River community to make Greenways eas; City Hall employees for their ad-            people and wildlife.
 Your preferences…                                                                                  Yes           No                                                                                                       Board of Directors
 •   Would you like a charitable tax receipt?                                                       q             q                    Land Trust what it is today.                vice and help with maps; the Mirror,
                                                                                                                                       The success of our activities in 2006,      and Courier Islander, for their public- Jerry Fletcher President
      (Available for contributions of $20 or more)
 •   Are you interested in volunteering with us?                                                    q             q                    whether in public events or steward-        ity; Dan Samson, Bruce Baikie and       Barbara Phipps Vice President
 •   Would you like to receive notification of upcoming events by e-mail?                           q             q                    ship, stands on the shoulders of those      Colin Clay for office space; Brown’s    Bob Dice Secretary/Treasurer
                                                                                                                                       who have worked with and for Green- Bay Marina for their generous dona-             Ron Burrell Past President
 Please return this form to:       Greenways Land Trust
                                                                                                                                       ways over the years.                        tion; the C.R. Volunteer Centre and our Richard Hamilton
                                   PO Box 291                                  or   Suite #208 Alder St.
                                   Campbell River, BC V9W 5B1                                                                          In addition to the many supporters          own members and volunteers.             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 green.ways@crcn.net
                                                        executive@greenwaystrust.ca                                                    like to mention: The Estuary Protection and here’s looking ahead to 2007!           Barry Ross
                                                                                                                                       Group, for funding the Smart Growth     Jerry Fletcher - President
Page 2                           Greenways Gazette—Fall 2006                   Editor/writer: Luisa Richardson
                                                                               Photography: Luisa Richardson, Maggie
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                                                                               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.

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