"Committed to the restoration of wild Pacific salmon in mid Vancouver
Island watersheds through habitat restoration and community engagement"
"Committed to the restoration of wild Pacific salmon in mid Vancouver
Island watersheds through habitat restoration and community engagement"

Yellow Iris, the Fatal Beauty

YELLOWIRISYellow iris is a beautiful plant that takes over and destroys wetlands. Read about how volunteers from a number of conservation groups are eradicating yellow iris in Shelly Creek.

Watch volunteers in action in the Shaw GO! video on youtube. 





Upcoming Annual General Meeting - 2016

You are cordially invited to our

 Annual General Meeting & SALMON BBQ

Tuesday September 20, 2016

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Errington War Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Road

Admission: $10, includes a MVIHES membership and a salmon BBQ dinner

Please RSVP. Details Below

We are pleased to be hosting Kim A Stephens, M.Eng, P.Eng, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC presenting on: 

“Water Balance Pathway to a Water-Resilient Future” 


Mimic the Natural Water Balance:  Unless and until land development practices mimic the natural water balance, communities cannot expect to restore the biological communities within streams.  We must implement a “Whole Systems approach” to understanding how rainfall reaches a stream. Unlock that key and we can successfully implement appropriate measures to mimic the natural water balance.



To ensure we prepare enough fresh salmon for the BBQ. please confirm your attendance in advance by email to Shirley Hine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The $10.00 admission charge includes an annual membership to MVIHES, as well as a salmon dinner.

The AGM will elect officers to the Board, accept membership renewals and new memberships, and report on the operations of the last fiscal period. In addition, the Board is proposing a Special Resolution.


The following special resolution will be proposed for approval at the annual general meeting of the Society to be held on September 20, 2016. Note that while this special resolution will be considered and approved at the annual general meeting, it will not come into effect until the Society transitions to the new Societies Act, which will occur shortly after November 28, 2016, when that Act comes into force. Until such time, the current Bylaws will remain in effect.

Replacement of Bylaws 

RESOLVED as a special resolution that the current Bylaws of the Society be deleted in their entirety and that the form of Bylaws attached hereto as Schedule 1 be adopted as the Bylaws of the Society in substitution for, and to the exclusion of, the existing Bylaws of the Society. Please see Schedule 1 for the proposed replacement bylaws.

For your information please peruse the Notice of Special Resolution 2016, Schedule 12016 Agenda, 2015 AGM Minutes and our 2015 fiscal year financials.  The Agenda may change.

We welcome everyone interested in protecting the health of our watersheds and look forward to seeing you there!

We Need You At BeachFest

Parksville Beachfest

MVIHES is one of 18 community groups approved to volunteer this summer as Gate Ambassadors to the very popular Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition.  This means MVIHES is eligible for a percentage of the gate proceeds, a great opportunity for MVIHES to raise funds for our activities, like the coho smolt trap and monitoring levels on the Englishman River.  Please join us in volunteering for one or more shifts,  from 9:00 to 1:00, on July 20, July 23, July 25 and July 29. There will be 7 of us on each shift so you won’t be lonely. Click here to sign up or contact us on the MVIHES email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Our Newest Wetland Keepers

Nineteen participants attended the Wetlands Keepers Course held in Parksville on April 22 - 24. The course was co-sponsored by the BC Wildlife Federation and MVIHES, and instructed by Michele Jones of Mimulus Biological Consultants. An article on the course was also published in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News



Participants learned the techniques for identifying and mapping different wetland ecosystems, including how to conduct vegetation surveys and identify wetland plants and soils.  

Armed with these skills, the graduates of the course can now survey wetlands in our area and promote wetland stewardship. Remember that wetlands are essential for

  • good water quality
  • reducing floods
  • aquifer recharge
  • providing nutrients to streams
  • a carbon sink that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • habitat for some unique species of plants and animals
  • and a place for enjoyment of the outdoors

The preservation and restoration of wetlands are important for a healthy environment which leads to healthy salmon populations.

 Congratulations Wetland Keepers in completing this worthwhile course!


River Never Sleeps Festival

An annual celebration of salmon and the environment.  This is a fantastic family and community event.

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