Terry and Jim Taylor enjoy a leisurely stroll around Silverdale Wetlands

Terry and Jim Taylor enjoy a leisurely stroll around Silverdale Wetlands

Wetlands to be protected from development

Jim and Terry Taylor have won the Community Conservation Award from Ducks Unlimited Canada

Forty-two acres of wetlands on the west side of Mission will be protected from development and preserved for wildlife use and public enjoyment.

The Genstar Wetlands are made up of property donated by the Genstar Development group and lands purchased by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) from Genstar. The province’s Ministry of Transportation also provided funding for the project.

The newly acquired property is a group of rare tidal wetlands situated where the Fraser River meets the Stave and provides habitat for salmon. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including American wigeon, gadwall, great blue heron and mink.

“These wetlands are important because they are not only rare, but due to their location, are at high risk of development,” said Brad Amer, manager of provincial operations for DUC in B.C.

Thousands of birds can also be found on the property and the adjacent property, which DUC is also working on securing.

According to Dan Buffet, a DUC biologist, there are no plans for habitat enhancement or public access until the adjacent piece of property, about one-third its size, is protected.

“We recognize there is great potential for both improvement to the wetland habitat as well as integrated public use,” said Buffet in an e-mail to The Record, adding that would be the next step.

DUC is a non-profit organization and a leader in wetland conservation. Genstar has owned property in Mission for decades and specializes in residential and commercial real estate.


Taylors recognized

Jim and Terry Taylor received the DUC Community Conservation Award earlier this month at the DUC fundraising dinner at the Mission Best Western Hotel.

The long-time local residents were the driving force behind protecting the Silverdale Creek wetlands and improving the area for the public and wildlife.

When we saw sand being pumped on the other side of the Lougheed Highway to build the industrial park in 1999, we knew we had to do something to protect this, said Jim Taylor.

The couple organized a meeting, bringing together representatives from the District of Mission, DUC, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Genstar, Vancity Credit Union, BC Hydro and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to eventually protect the wetlands on the north side of the highway.

The property was purchased in 2005 and is managed by DUC. The Taylors continued to help oversee the improvement and development of the property, which was done without burdening the Mission taxpayers.

Volunteers and service groups such as the Scouts, Mission School District, Rotary Club, University of the Fraser Valley, BCIT, and Ministry of Environment have all been involved in the restoration work.

Today, there is a one kilometre trail loop for the public to enjoy and Terry continues to fight the invasive species in the area, such as blackberry vines and Japanese knotweed.

As this develops more, we can back out of it and let others take over, said Jim, noting regular users of the wetlands have taken ownership of the property and eventually, the district will maintain it as a park.

Just Posted

Tourism Abbotsford has launched the ‘Let’s Go Do Something’ campaign to encourage visitors to check out all Abbotsford has to offer. (Tourism Abbotsford photo)
Tourism Abbotsford launches ‘Let’s Go Do Something’ campaign

Visitors encouraged to check out all Abbotsford has to offer this summer

Temperature records were broken for June 21, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Record-breaking heat shimmered across Fraser Valley for second day

Tuesday should be a bit cooler says forecast from Environment Canada

Emil Anderson Maintenance is mowing the shoulder along Lougheed Highway in Agassiz, asking motorists to use extra caution around slow-moving vehicles on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Graphic/Emil Anderson Maintenance)
TRAFFIC: Slow-moving mowers working on Highway 7 shoulders in Agassiz on Tuesday, Wednesday

Mowing takes place Tues., Weds. between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Artists featured in the BLM Social Justice Art Project at UFV are (clockwise from top left): Michelle Msami, Dona Park, Rain Neeposh and Faria Firoz.
Black Lives Matter art exhibit opens at UFV in Abbotsford

Show features the work of four artists and runs until Sept. 15

/  Bob Friesen Photos
PHOTOS: Father’s Day Parade cruises through Mission

Taking It To The Streets event featured about 100 vintage vehicles

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

Fans watch the warm-up before Game 6 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens in NHL playoff hockey action Saturday, May 29, 2021 in Montreal. Quebec’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions will allow 2,500 fans to attend the game for the first time in fourteen months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Two-thirds of Canadians say governments shouldn’t lift all COVID-19 restrictions

Poll reports Canadians who gained pandemic weight say they have gained 16 pounds on average

Paul Bernardo is shown in this courtroom sketch during Ontario court proceedings via video link in Napanee, Ont., on October 5, 2018. Teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set for a parole hearing today. The designated dangerous offender, has been eligible for full parole for more than three years. Bernardo’s horrific crimes in the 1980s and early 1990s include for kidnapping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy near St. Catharines, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Banning
Killer rapist Paul Bernardo faces parole hearing today; victim families opposed

Designated dangerous offender has been eligible for full parole for more than three years.

People look over the damage after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal, Monday, June 21, 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and one death has been confirmed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
One dead and extensive damage as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

Damage reported in several parts of the city, and emergency teams dispatched to sectors hardest hit

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Most Read