Kwantlen First Nations hosted the 'First Salmon Ceremony on Friday

Kwantlen First Nations hosted the 'First Salmon Ceremony on Friday

Feds fund Aldergrove stream improvements

Langley Environmental Partners Society will receive federal funding for two projects in the Bertrand Creek and Salmon River watersheds

Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) will receive federal funding for two projects in the Bertrand Creek and Salmon River watersheds in Langley.

One habitat restoration and landowner outreach project will receive a grant of $78,884 from Environment Canada. It will address key threats of habitat degradation in the Bertrand Creek and Salmon River watersheds for two aquatic species at risk, Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker and two terrestrial species at risk, Oregon spotted frog and Oregon Forest Snail.

LEPS will plant 5,000 native plants in streamside areas, enhance 5,000 square metres of riparian habitat and remove invasive plants from 5,000 square metres of habitat. During school months, Langley youth will also be engaged through workshops, field tours and hands-on involvement in riparian restoration projects.

“This grant will address key threats of habitat degradation in the Bertrand Creek and Salmon River watersheds of two aquatic and two terrestrial species at risk. Langley residents, including Langley youth, will have the opportunity to work with LEPS to support the recovery of species at risk,” said MP Mark Warawa.

LEPS will also receive a grant of $40,945 from Environment Canada to restore 3.6 hectare riparian habitat along Bertrand Creek. This area is considered to be a critical habitat for indigenous and endangered species and will target both public and private involvement in its restoration.

Taking place from August 2013 to August 2014, this project will focus on five riparian enhancement areas to increase the integrity and function of riparian habitat, plant 2500 indigenous species, remove invasive species and directly engage two part-time jobs and 250 volunteers in restoration activities.

“Conservation and education are key components to preserving the riparian habitat along Bertrand Creek,” said Warawa. “Langley residents will have the opportunity to work with LEPS to support the restoration of this critical habitat.”