Our Accomplishments

Project Management

We have managed projects for:


· Forest Renewal BC (Level 1 Assessment)
· Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Habitat Restoration and Enhancement)
· Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Habitat Conservation and Stewardship Program for the Cariboo Chilcotin)
· City of Quesnel
· Ministry of Environment and Lands and Parks (E-Team)
· Environment Canada (Action 21)
· Fisheries Renewal B.C.
· Pacific Salmon Foundation

Awards/Recognition Received

· Nominated three times for the Provincial Environmental Award for Community Groups-Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
· Nominated three times for the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award-Environmental Achievement of the Year
· Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award-Environmental Achievement of the Year (1998)
· Department of Fisheries and Oceans Print for 10 years contribution to the Salmonid Resource
· Habitat Conservation and Stewardship Program for contributing to the Stewardship Ethic in B.C.

Community Involvement

· Rivers Day celebrations
· Earth Week celebrations
· Oceans Day, environment week, wildlife week awareness activities
· EcoCamp – Nature based childcare since 2012
· Consultations with the residents and logging companies in the watershed to discuss their concerns
· Various stewardship programs with schools, Boy Scouts and Guides
· Community hikes and cleanups within the watershed
· Canada World Youth, Youth Services Canada, Youth Entrepreneurs and the Environmental Youth Tour programs have all done volunteer work with us
· Worked with Narcosli School children to design a watershed sign. Parents are donating labour and material for sign kiosk.
· Planning partner for the Fraser 2000, Fin Donnelly swim. Over 200 participants.
· Development of a Nature Education and Resource Centre. Over $54,000 leveraged in donated labour, materials, equipment and furniture
· Provide representation on various planning committees ( Quesnel 2020, timber certification, Official Community Planning for City and Regional District, Communities in Bloom, Trails Development, New Community Campus Landscape Committee, Airshed Roundtable, )
· Weed Eradication with local volunteers
· Quesnel Home and Garden Show
· Wood Stove Exchange Program

Funds Leveraged

· Department of Fisheries and Oceans
· Fisheries Renewal
· Forest Renewal B.C.
· B.C. Gaming Commission
· Fraser River Action Plan
· Pacific Salmon Foundation
· Ministry of Environment-Environmental Youth Teams
· U.N.B.C.-Co-op student program
· Summer Career Placements Program
· City of Quesnel
· Habitat Restoration and Salmon Enhancement Program
· Environment Canada
· University of Victoria
· Simon Fraser University
· Duke Energy
· Overwaitea Food Group
· Royal B.C. Museum
· Quesnel Environmental Society
· International Wayside Mines
· Fine Funds
· Lions Club
· Ministry of Water, Air and Land Protection
· Rotary Club
· Quesnel Community Foundation
· Habitat Conservation Trust Fund
· In-kind Contributions

Education/Awareness

· Schools- Appx. 1500 students per year (watershed, stream to sea, habitat, conservation, air quality concerns, recycling, sustainability)
. Over 2,000 hours of volunteer involvement in Programs and Events
. Community Events such as Earth Week, Wildlife Week, Clean Air Day
· Youth employment training
. Youth mentoring

Employment and Economic Achievements

· One and a half staff who deliver, coordinate, facilitate the stewardship, education and restoration programs
· Four Coop students who completed;
1. The identification and mapping of twenty priority work sites for the restoration of Baker Creek
2. The development of a comprehensive mapping portfolio which includes; priority restoration sites, reach designations, dominant substrate composition types, water flow rates, salmon spawning values, salmon rearing values, the 200 year flood zone, land use corridors, zoning corridors, official community plan designations, high slope regions and storm water out fall locations
3. Phase one of the development guidelines for riparian set backs
4. Compiles all fish and stream data from various sources onto two sets of map sheets.

· Six Environmental Youth Teams who accomplished stream bank restoration, fencing, trail building, bridge construction, sign construction, school and community presentations, tours of spawning pink salmon, creation of numerous models and teaching aids for watershed stewardship activities, plantings, water quality and quantity tests on Baker Creek, Narcosli Creek, Naver Creek and the Cottonwood.
· Various work crews doing planting, fencing, bioengineering.
· Numerous local contractors and laborers.
· Over $1,000,000 brought into community for Fish Habitat Restoration and watershed stewardship.
· Approximately $1,750,000 leveraged from In-Kind contributions from area businesses and citizens.
· Approximately 80 direct short term jobs and numerous indirect jobs for contractors, materials, and supplies.
· All materials and supplies are purchased locally.
· Baker Creek’s mandate includes providing opportunities for employing and training local youth.

Completed

· Level 1 assessment of the watershed. The operating mills have since completed level 2 and 3.
· Since 1994, we have removed hundreds of car bodies and thousands of tonnes of asphalt, cement, and metal from the creek
· Set up a naturescape in the Wilma Hanson Park and worked with the City on plans for the Baker Creek Park
· Various restoration and stewardship projects on Baker Creek, Narcosli Creek, Naver Creek, Dragon Creek and wetland
· Three Chinook rearing channels
· A fencing project on Narcosli creek.
· Trail, bridge and benches at Chinook Salmon rearing channel
· Implementation of riparian setbacks in the Official Community Plan
· A community Baker Creek watershed sign for City Park
· A Narcosli watershed sign created with local school kids and parents
· A compilation of all fish data onto two sets of mapsheets.
· An inventory of fish distribution and associated habitat on Narcosli Creek.
· A set of prescriptions for riparian planting along Narcosli Creek
· Development of a Nature Education and Resource Centre with donated labour, material, equipment and furniture
· Plant Inventory of Wetland
· Reconnaissance of Hydrology, Invasive Species, Bird Species and mammals at Wetland in West Fraser Timber Park
· Development of Educational Trails in upland and wetland areas of West Fraser Timber Park
· Development of over 6 km of Education Trails etc.
· Signage and viewing platforms developed to use in nature interpretation
· Silt Cloth-Storm Drainness project with West Park Mall