A Streamkeepers Course sponsored by MVIHES was held on Sept 9 -11, 2016. 17 participants received certification from the Pacific Salmon Foundation as bonafide Streamkeepers
This course is an excellent introduction to fish habitat and stream restoration. Participants are educated on stream habitat and the importance of watershed resources, and receive the training and support required to protect and restore local aquatic habitat, which in turn encourages communication and cooperation in watershed management. And most importantly, it's fun!
Yellow 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.
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.
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.
NOTICE OF 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.
We welcome everyone interested in protecting the health of our watersheds and look forward to seeing you there!
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!