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June 30, 2022

Hello Park Ambassadors, Members, and Friends

In this newsletter you'll find:
  • Regional Parks & Flooding Alerts: Fast Rising Waters
  • Volunteers Needed - July 9th Invasive Ivy Removal
  • July 16th DRBIPA Butterfly Walk
  • Have You Heard of PlantWise?
  • PPF Commemorative Gift Program Information
  • World Nature Conservation Day & DRBIPA Prize Draw Contest
  • Donations Welcome - Heritage Apple Day 2022
Regional Parks & Flooding Alerts

Tavistock Loop and Tavistock Point are temporarily CLOSED.​ Because of flooding due to freshet, the northern tip of Brae Island is closed. When visiting Brae Island and Derby Reach Regional Parks, please obey posted signs and keep safely back from the Fraser River freshet. Find all Regional Park alerts and notices HERE

Fast melting snow and ice create fast rising waterways and flooding. Freshet season is unpredictable, it's important to be aware and take extra precautions.

Areas of Langley, Abbotsford, and the Harrison Mills area are under an evacuation alert as the Fraser River continues to rise and there is a potential for flooding. Find more details from City News HERE

Invasive Ivy Removal - Volunteers Needed July 9th
Invasive plant species spread quickly, crowding out original plants and preventing native plant growth. A healthy plant community has a variety of herbs, shrubs, and trees - this helps prevent soil runoff and benefits our ecosystems. Invasive plants can prevent trees from becoming established so trees are smaller and produce less cover, this endangers local wildlife and disrupts other plant life, too.

These are just some of the reasons we work so hard to conserve our parks and spread awareness of invasive plants. Want to get involved? Join us at our upcoming invasive ivy removal event at Brae Island!

Saturday, July 9, 2022  |  9:30AM - 11:30AM

Calling all DRBIPA Park Ambassadors and new volunteers! If it is safe to do so, keeping freshet in mind, we will do the event as scheduled. You can register for this conservation event by replying to this e-newsletter or email us anytime. We'll keep all registered attendees updated if we need to postpone this stewardship event. 
DRBIPA Butterfly Walk 

Join us for a butterfly walk at Derby Reach Regional Park. We will talk about the butterflies most likely to be seen in Langley and the Lower Mainland area. We’ll discuss the times of year that are best to see certain species, what environments they habitat, larval food sources, and characteristics of some of them. Our nature guide, Eric Habisch, will also answer some questions as we go along our walk.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Full details and registration can be found HERE.

Have You Heard of PlantWise?
PlantWise is a provincial program that supports the horticulture industry’s transition to become invasive-free. Whether you are adding new, attractive plants to your garden, starting a landscaping project, growing crops, or running a horticulture-based business, you can be PlantWise. Learn which plants are invasive, alternatives to grow instead, and which retailers are committing to be PlantWise and sell only non-invasive plants.

Find the PlantWise 'Grow Me Instead' Guide HERE.
For more information visit beplantwise.ca and don't forget to checkout the Grow Me Instead planting guide to help reduce the distribution of invasive plants.
PPF Commemorative Gift Program
Commemorative and memorial gifts enhance personal connections with a regional park or a special place within a park. They provide a gathering place for friends and family and opportunities for rest or quiet reflection. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks offers a number of gift options, including park benches and picnic tables.
Find full details HERE
World Nature Conservation Day & DRBIPA Prize Draw Contest
World Nature Conservation Day is an annual event held on July 28th. This day emphasizes the need for preserving a healthy environment and natural flora, fauna, energy, soil, and water resources intact for future generations. Saving plants and animals that face the threat of extinction is one of the primary goals of World Nature Conservation Day.

We want to raise awareness of nature conservation throughout the month of July with an online contest for DRBIPA Members, Park Ambassadors, supporters, and local nature lovers. Help us raise awareness by entering the contest as many time as you want — sharing on social media why nature conservation matters to you. Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packs, valued at $25 or $50, featuring locally sourced items from Fort Langley shops and restaurants.

To enter this prize draw contest you need to:
  1. Make a post on Instagram or Facebook explaining why nature conservation matters to you and/or any ideas you have for nature conservation in Langley, BC or Metro Vancouver.
  2. Tag us @DRBIPA in your post or photo so we are notified.
  3. Use the hashtags #NatureConservation and #MetroVancouver in your post. 
  4. Post one or more times. Each eligible post from July 1st to July 28th, 2022 will count as one entry into the prize draw. The prize draw will be held on July 29th.
  5. Live in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area or have someone that can pickup your prize for you if you win - prizes will need to be picked up from our office in Langley, BC. 
*Facebook and Instagram are not affiliated with this contest, it is hosted by us at DRBIPA. 
*If you do not use social media or these platforms, you can gain one entry into this prize-draw contest by sending a reply to this e-newsletter and answering the question "why does nature conservation in Metro Vancouver matter to you?". 
Donations Welcome: Heritage Apple Day 2022

Are you able to help us fundraise to make Heritage Apple Day 2022 a lively, educational, and entertaining success? Donations made through Pacific Parklands Foundation's DRBIPA Giving Page are tax deductible and support many of our educational, conservation, and stewardship events. 

Saturday, October 1st brings our 17th annual Heritage Apple Day back in-person at the Derby Reach Heritage Area. Keeping up with traditions, trying new things, and making memories — the festival
 is a fun family-friendly event for the community and apple lovers from all over.  

To make a donation to support the event, please:

  1. Visit the DRBIPA / PPF fundraising page: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/DRBIPA
  2. Select the amount of the donation and choose “One Time Donation”.
  3. Under “Please direct my gift to” choose the “HERITAGE APPLE DAY 2022” option from the drop down list.
  4. Complete all the donor and payment information, confirm and submit the transaction.
  5. Tax receipts will be issued by email automatically at the time of the donation.
Heritage Apple Day celebrates the knowledge of heritage apples and the unique role of apples, crab apples, and orchards from centuries past in the areas now known as Fort Langley and Derby Reach. The event also highlights educational displays from local community groups, such as presentations from horticulturists, Kwantlen First Nation elders, the BC Fruit Grower’s Association, Langley Field Naturalists, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Interpreters, and more.

This festival event would not be possible without community involvement and dedicated volunteers. Thank you for your support volunteering, making a donation, or just sharing news of the event with your peers — it helps so much!
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