Enhanced habitat at Cheam Wetlands

Volunteers were out in force to help restore a natural habitat at FVRD’s Cheam Lake Wetlands Saturday morning.

Bill Dickey

Volunteers were out in force to help restore a natural habitat at the Fraser Valley Regional District’s newest addition to the Cheam Lake Wetlands Saturday morning.

The mud was deep, but the sun was warm as a variety of native species were planted in the rich soil.

“Cheam Lake is one of the most mineral rich wetlands of the Fraser Valley. It is extremely rich in plant and wildlife, and the FVRD is committed to ensuring the longevity of this important environmental area for our region,” says Sharon Gaetz, Chair of the FVRD.

Bill Dickey, director for Electoral Area D of the FVRD, had his boots on and his dirty, saying the new plants and shrubs would help enhance the habitat of the area.

In addition to the plantings, volunteers also had the opportunity to construct bird houses, which were later added to the parkland.

The Cheam Lake Wetlands is a 107 hectare park where over 180 bird species have been recorded. Amenities include a 2 km trail, information kiosk, picnic tables and comfort stations. For more information, please contact the FVRD parks department at 604-702-5077 or parks@fvrd.bc.ca.