Conservationists are trying to come up with a plan — and the money — to buy portions of several islands in the Fraser River they say are critical for sustaining …
THE HEART OF THE FRASER IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO PROTECTION!
With your support this precious stretch of the river between Mission and Hope, less than two hours drive from Vancouver, has narrowly avoided the threat of development. We have been successful in ensuring the permits for bridges to Herrling and Carey Islands have been denied. This region provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and white sturgeon and serves as a nursery for millions of baby salmon every year. Herrling and Carey Islands not only provide a large amount of vital fish habitat but are an important area for fishing and outdoor recreation.
Developers cleared massive amounts of forest on both islands and applied to build bridges to these islands which, if approved, would have led to the destruction of critical fish habitat for agriculture. As of June 2019, the bridge permit for Herrling Island has been denied and the owners of Carey Island have withdrawn their application.
There is now a major effort by BC’s conservation community to secure, protect and restore these islands. Three actions are needed:
- Acquire key private properties with sensitive habitats
- Push DFO to consider these islands for protection as Canada’s first Ecologically Sensitive Area
- Work with the Province to create a comprehensive process of collaboration
The future of the Fraser as one of the world’s great salmon rivers depends on its success.
WILL YOU CONTINUE TO STAND WITH US?
SIGN THE PLEDGE TODAY!
The Heart of the Fraser is a
dynamic and diverse ecosystem
that cannot afford to be destroyed
for any type of development.
the Heart of the Fraser
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein
We need to save the last precious
habitat in the Fraser River
“Nature isn’t a place to visit, it’s home.”
– Gary Snyder
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Geography & Geomorphology
Most of this iconic salmon river’s foreshore wetlands, marshes and islands have been logged, diked, drained and converted to farming. Only a handful of un-diked islands remain, but now three …
Conservationist calls clear cutting on Fraser River islands ‘most urgent river issue in Canada’. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has ordered the owners of two islands in B.C.’s …
The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) has launched a campaign to defend two islands south of Agassiz –Herrling and Carey Islands – in a stretch of gravel between Hope and Mission …
Fish from the mighty Fraser River have fed Indigenous people for many millennia. But in recent generations, once-abundant fisheries are in decline as human activity and development around the river …