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October 31, 2022

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • November 19th DRBIPA Nature Stroll
  • Bog Restoration Team & November 12th Cleanup
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Minnekhada Recovery Fund
  • Regional Parks Highlights
  • DRBIPA Members Recommend...
  • Call for Board of Directors 
DRBIPA Nature Stroll
Saturday, November 19th, 9am-11am

Join us for a nature stroll at Derby Reach Regional Park. Biologist and Langley Field Naturalist Phil Henderson will guide us as we go along the trail to learn about bryophytes. Including mosses and their relatives: tiny but beautiful plants that flourish in moist, shady sites.

Find full details and register HERE
moss and tiny moss flowers and mushrooms sprouting on rotting wooden stump
Bog Restoration Team & Nov 12 Cleanup
We are hosting another bog restoration cleanup! As part of our long-term project to reduce contaminants and restore pH of Langley Bog. Please let us know if you'd like to help remove debris from the bog area with us on November 12th. This event is open to 10 volunteers and is on rain or shine. 

Saturday, November 12th, 10AM-12PM

If you are also interested in joining the park association's Bog Restoration Committee please be sure you are a DRBIPA Member or DRBIPA Park Ambassador and get in touch with us about getting involved. 
Volunteer Appreciation
We are so thankful to all our volunteers! Park Ambassadors, Committee Members, and our Board of Directors. We are a volunteer run nonprofit society and recognize the fundamental role that volunteers and volunteerism play in building a strong, considerate, and vibrant community.  

Thank you to the many volunteers who supported 3 of our big projects the past couple of months. September's bog restoration cleanup, Heritage & Apple Day, and Eco-Blitz planting! We've been busy planting native vegetation in the parks, removing invasive species, hosting fun and educational community activities, and working to restore and protect Langley Bog. 

Gratitude and appreciation go out to the fantastic and nature-loving volunteers who make all of these projects possible!
volunteer at heritage and apple day cutting apples for sampling
volunteer with big pile of plastic bags removed from the bog area
volunteers removing blackberry near the bog area
volunteers laying out plants for planting
Minnekhada Recovery Fund
Minnekhada Regional Park and surrounding areas were impacted by a wildfire in early October, scorching the beloved community park and the wildlife that calls it home. MVRP Foundation has started an emergency fund to invest in restoring this landscape by replanting trees, rebuilding trails, and adding more native vegetation to help this ecosystem recover.

Find more details HERE.
workers putting out fire in forest, recovery fund donations doubled
Regional Parks Highlights
Adopted in 2020, the Regional Greenways 2050 Plan is the region’s shared vision for a gap-free network of recreational multi-use paths. The plan aims to grow the Regional Greenway network to support regional livability, public health and active transportation.

Find full details HERE
park users along pathway and river
Regional Parks Recreational Greenways
DRBIPA Members Recommend...
Here are some events, resources, and information DRBIPA Members want to share with others. Click the links for more details:
  • Every Wednesday afternoon, Langley residents are invited to join an interactive session at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum, hosted by LEPS. Each week, a new topic will be discussed, and then put into practice as participants engage in the maintenance of the Langley Learning Farm and Langley Demonstration Garden. Topics include mulching, efficient irrigation and low water vegetable gardening, tree and shrub pruning, lawn care and alternative, and more! This is a drop in event, for more details call 604.546.0337.
  • The province's invasive species council recently sent out a warning about the brown marmorated stink bugs, which are chomping on a wide variety of plants and also looking to get into your house for the winter.
  • The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia is the hub for a “convening for action” network in the local government setting, is responsible for delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan program through partnerships and collaboration, and embraces a vision for shared responsibility where all the players align their efforts for the greater common good.
  • Battered by climate disasters, community at Kanaka Bar looks to protect old growth forest and restore ecosystems in a way that supports the First Nation’s self-sufficiency initiatives and sustainable economic development. 
  • The Fort Langley Village Farmers Market happens on Saturdays until December 17th. And there are lots of holiday craft fairs popping up this fall as well all around the lower mainland. Shop local this season whenever you can, everyone!
Are you a DRBIPA Member who wants to share a resource about nature or our local community with others? Get in touch with us and we'll add it to our list of Member Recommendations. Members can also submit posts for the Park Association Nature Blog, too!
Call for Board of Directors
We love speaking with people interested in joining the park association's Board of Directors in the near or distant future. Get in touch with us if you'd like to volunteer as part of our leadership team, the time commitment is about 4-8 hours per month. Join us in our mission to foster stewardship of the land and education within the parks. 

Find more details HERE.  

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis with official elections held at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the last Thursday evening of each February. All candidates must be DRBIPA Members before applying to join the Board of Directors. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Join the DRBIPA Board of Directors!
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We acknowledge the land on which our work is done is the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Semiahmoo First Nations. 

Our mailing address is:
DRBIPA c/o Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area Office
1558 - 200th Street  Langley, BC  V2Z 1W5

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