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September 30, 2022

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • SNAP & SHARE 2022
  • October 15th DRBIPA Nature Discovery Stroll
  • Heritage & Apple Day - tomorrow!
  • DRBIPA Book Club 
  • Eco-Blitz Planting Event at Derby Reach October 18th and 22nd
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • FAQ: What Does Riparian Mean?
  • Regional Parks Highlights
  • DRBIPA Members Recommend...
Snap & Share 2022
This fall, explore Metro Vancouver’s regional parks and greenways. Pay attention to plants, fungi, mosses, and wildlife you haven’t noticed before. Then simply snap photos of what you discover and share your photos on iNaturalist.

October 1 - 31, 2022. Take part in any Regional Park!

It’s a fun outdoor activity for everyone, on your own or with your friends and family. You can sign up to win prizes and find all the details HERE
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DRBIPA Nature Discovery Stroll
Saturday, October 15th, 10am-12:00pm
Houston Trail iNaturalist Discovery Nature Stroll

Want to learn all about and how to use iNaturalist? We'll help you get started and make observations in the app as we go along the Houston Trail together for a nature discovery stroll. Find full details and register HERE
Heritage & Apple Day
A reminder Heritage & Apple Day is tomorrow! Join us anytime between 11am and 2pm for our 17th annual festival event. Saturday, October 1st — back in-person this year at at the Derby Reach Heritage Area. 

Find all the details and scheduled presentation times HERE
Heritage & apple Day Flyer
DRBIPA Book Club

Want to learn more about nature and discover some great authors? Fiction and non-fiction alike, all about nature, ecology, and conservation. Join us for our new quarterly DRBIPA Book Club. This upcoming quarter we're reading Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. 

Register for the book club by emailing us at or replying to this newsletter. 
For more information, book draw details, and our quarterly reading list recommended by DRBIPA Members, visit our website here:

closeup of a stack of 4 books on an outdoor picnic table with blue douglas aster flowers beside the books
October ECO-BLITZ Planting Event
Would you like to get involved with our volunteer environmental stewardship projects in the parks? Sign up as a DRBIPA Park Ambassador or inquire anytime about volunteering for a one-time event. We're consistently removing invasive species at the park association and we so look forward to fall when we get to do some planting! 

October is Eco-Blitz for Regional Parks and Eco-Blitz is all about planting native vegetation in the parks. At Derby Reach, we're planting about 400 new plants at the Heritage Area on October 22nd. Want to get involved? 

Volunteer Sessions:
Tuesday, October 18, 10am-12pm
Preparing planting site and plant layout
Saturday, October 22, 10am-12pm
Planting and mulching
Saturday, October 22, 1pm-3pm
Planting and mulching

If you want to sign up as a volunteer for the planting event on October 22nd, or want to help prepare the planting site on October 18th, please send us an email or reply to this newsletter. Thank you for getting involved!
volunteers planting in dirt on a sunny day
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 recognizing the fundamental role that volunteers and volunteerism play in building a strong, considerate, and vibrant community.  

Special acknowledgements go to our Heritage & Apple Day Planning Committee — a few dedicated volunteer Board Members and Park Ambassadors who have worked hard for months leading up to the event to make it a success and make the festival more community oriented than ever. Your efforts are truly appreciated and do not go unnoticed, thank you all! 
A photo of a sunflower in the warm sunshine with the text Nature Is Inspiration
FAQ: What Does Riparian Mean?
A question we frequently get asked at the park association is what exactly does riparian meanRiparian areas link water to land. Riparian areas are the areas adjacent to ditches, streams, lakes and wetlands. The blend of streambed, water, trees, shrubs and grasses in a riparian area provides important and valuable fish habitat, and directly influences it. Riparian areas are critically important for both aquatic and terrestrial species and numerous ecosystem services.

Did you know protecting riparian areas is a priority for the Government of British Columbia? This is because good quality streamside habitat is essential for ensuring healthy fish populations. This matters to us a lot in Langley, being surrounded by the Salmon River and Fraser River among many smaller tributaries fish use as well. 

In BC, the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) was enacted under Section 12 of the Fish Protection Act in July 2004. The Fish Protection Act was re-titled the Riparian Areas Protection Act in February 2016. The RAPR calls on local governments to protect riparian areas during residential, commercial, and industrial development. 
riparian forest standing water with reflection of trees
Regional Parks Highlights
Piper Spit Bird Counts
Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Tues, Oct 11th, 9 – 11 am | Tues, Nov 8th, 9 – 11 am

Whether you’re just getting to know the birds in your backyard or are on the lookout for rarities, grab your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal changes of birds at Burnaby Lake.
Free, registration required, ages 15+
Email to sign up.
spotted towhee bird sitting on a bare branch with a blurred sky background
DRBIPA Members Recommend...
Here are some events, resources, and information DRBIPA Members want to share with others. Click the links for more details:
  • Welcome to Watershed CPR! HERE, you will learn all about the Fraser River—one of the important rivers for salmon in the world! 
  • Neighbourhood scale shoreline restoration projects can be more effective at managing and protecting shorelines from climate change risks and provide many benefits to both the environment and homeowners. Learn more HERE from the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia
  • Dig In! Streamside Tree Planting  on October 8th- LEPS WaterWeeks 2022 wrap up at Williams Park in Langley. Plant a tree to encourage healthy habitats. All supplies and refreshments provided. Sturdy footwear required. Rain or shine. Registration is required, email: 
  • Learn about Free the Fern, founded in January 2021 and officially registered as a not-for-profit society in August 2022, is a group of environmental stewards living in a small area of Vancouver. 
  • In 2006 a small group of southern interior local government and First Nations leaders met to discuss the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. These initial meetings led to the formal establishment of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) as a non-profit Society. Find out more HERE
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!
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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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