Environment

Township of Langley Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley LED project set to move ahead if no voter opposition

The Township will borrow $4.3 million and slash its street light electricity bills in half

  • Aug 20, 2020
Township of Langley Civic Facility. (Langley Advance Times files)
Stock photo by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Langley Environmental Partners Society holds virtual blackberry bake-off

People encouraged to share their berry creations online between Aug. 19 to 26

Stock photo by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt
Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth
“These are a few pictures of the garbage laying around our special little Fort Langley.” Some of it was found only inches or a few feet from garbage cans. (Noreen Brush/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Pandemic doubles food containers littering on Fort Langley street

A local walker has noticed a substantial increase in litter in her neighbourhood

  • Aug 9, 2020
“These are a few pictures of the garbage laying around our special little Fort Langley.” Some of it was found only inches or a few feet from garbage cans. (Noreen Brush/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo
Dee Hudson’s Facebook post of copious amounts of garbage at a Harrison campsite has garnered online attention this week. Hudson’s group cleaned up as much as they could; the Facebook community expressed outrage and disgust at the partygoers’ behaviour. (Contributed photos/Dee Hudson)
Dee Hudson’s Facebook post of copious amounts of garbage at a Harrison campsite has garnered online attention this week. Hudson’s group cleaned up as much as they could; the Facebook community expressed outrage and disgust at the partygoers’ behaviour. (Contributed photos/Dee Hudson)
Maria Goncharova is part of a team of researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University look for ways to quell the spread of the invasive knotweed species (TWU image)

VIDEO: Looking for a knockout against knotweed

How four researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University are studying invasive plant species

Maria Goncharova is part of a team of researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University look for ways to quell the spread of the invasive knotweed species (TWU image)
The first record ever for Canada, a western fence lizard was photographed in Cloverdale. The lizard is missing his/her tail – which sometimes happens when attacked by another animal. (Ron Farrell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: 140 citizen scientists blitz Langley, uncovering rare species and more

Rare sightings of map turtles, a western fence lizard, not to mention, dog vomit slime were recorded

  • Aug 1, 2020
The first record ever for Canada, a western fence lizard was photographed in Cloverdale. The lizard is missing his/her tail – which sometimes happens when attacked by another animal. (Ron Farrell/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Chef Adrian Beaty kicks off Langley Eats Local challenge with a take-away meal from his Canned Ham Canteen. (LEPS/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Supporting growers with farm passports and fresh produce

Chef Adrian Beaty served a take-away pasta meal to kickoff 11th annual Langley Eats Local challenge

Chef Adrian Beaty kicks off Langley Eats Local challenge with a take-away meal from his Canned Ham Canteen. (LEPS/Langley Advance Times)
Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)

Humpback calf named in honour of whale-loving B.C. girl who died of rare genetic disease

Splashy, often spotted near Cortes Island, was nicknamed after Miranda Friz’s beloved humpback stuffed toy

Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)
Township of Langley Recycling Ambassador Mel Matychuk (right) has recruited other volunteers within his Yorkson condominium in Willoughby and worked to save their strata council $10,000 by switching to municipal recycling pickup. (Township of Langley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Recycling efforts by Langley man saves strata more than $10,000

An ambassador program offers help for multi-family complexes within the Township

  • Jul 20, 2020
Township of Langley Recycling Ambassador Mel Matychuk (right) has recruited other volunteers within his Yorkson condominium in Willoughby and worked to save their strata council $10,000 by switching to municipal recycling pickup. (Township of Langley/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Green Beat columnist David Clements

GREEN BEAT: Five ‘big moves’ would allow Langley to lead boldly

COVID gives us time to reflect on how each of us can do better for the environment and our future

  • Jul 19, 2020
Green Beat columnist David Clements
Langley-Aldergrove MP van Popta maintained social distancing when he visited the Blaauw Eco Forest, together with philanthropist Ann Blaauw on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (Winnie Lui/special to Langley Advance Times)

MP gets a look at the Blaauw Eco Forest in Langley

Tako van Popta returned to his alma mater

Langley-Aldergrove MP van Popta maintained social distancing when he visited the Blaauw Eco Forest, together with philanthropist Ann Blaauw on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (Winnie Lui/special to Langley Advance Times)
As of the week of July 13, Google Maps still listed the ravine site as “Unofficial Walnut Grove Bike Park.” (Google)

Secret BMX park built by teens shuttered by Langley Township

Environmental and safety concerns were cited after the illicit bike park was discovered

As of the week of July 13, Google Maps still listed the ravine site as “Unofficial Walnut Grove Bike Park.” (Google)
Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)
Nicolas Scapillati (left) with Phil Timpany who shares his story from Yukon in one of the episodes. (Submitted photo)

B.C. grizzly advocate is bringing the bears to your living room through a podcast

Nicholas Scapillati interviewed people throughout North America to produce heart-warming stories about human- grizzly interactions

Nicolas Scapillati (left) with Phil Timpany who shares his story from Yukon in one of the episodes. (Submitted photo)
Langley Township committee to look at urban forest

Langley Township committee to look at urban forest

Citizens will consider the current and future state of local tree cover

Langley Township committee to look at urban forest
A representational image of the bald eagle found near Campbell River. (Wikimedia commons)

Bald eagle drowns despite rescue efforts near Campbell River

‘It’s a sad story,’ said resident who found the older female eagle struggling in the water

A representational image of the bald eagle found near Campbell River. (Wikimedia commons)
Old Fort Road during a landslide, June 21, 2020. (BC Transportation)

Creeping slide prompts evacuation alert, road closure in Old Fort, B.C.

Second time in two years the road has closed

Old Fort Road during a landslide, June 21, 2020. (BC Transportation)