The diverse topography of Chilliwack, including flat lowlands, treed hillsides, and many streams, creates suitable habitat for a vast variety of species. Among these are designated species at risk, which are part of the national Species at Risk Public Registry (SARA). Chilliwack is also home to various invasive species that affect biodeversity, drainage, infrustructure, and agriculture.
Not only does Chilliwack manage invasive species on public lands, but also engages in the enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitat. Various salmon enhancement projects such as Peach Creek and Browne Creek Wetlands have served to create new spawning and rearing habitat combined with trails for residents to enjoy the space as well.
Much of the work is completed with community partners, grant funders, and other government agencies. Volunteers also play a valuable role in wildlife habitat enhancement. Connect with the Environmental Services Department to learn how you, your class, or your group may be able to help local wildlife, too.
Dogs and Salmon Habitat
Salmon call many of Chilliwack’s waterways home all year long. This even includes small creeks and ditches, which feed into larger salmon bearing streams. You can help protect the salmon in your neighbourhood by keeping your dogs on-leash and out of creeks. Dogs can innocently trample delicate fish eggs, frighten adult fish and negatively impact habitat for juveniles. That said, we know our four-legged friends need ways to cool off, too. Try taking your dog to a shady dog park like Island 22, or help them cool off at one of the dog swim areas at Cultus Lake. For a full list of dog off-leash parks in the area, visit chilliwack.com/offleash.
Photo Point Monitoring Stations
Ecological succession around habitat enhancement projects can be slow, but we are in it for the long term. Sites are given a vegetative jumpstart by planting an array of natural trees and shrubs to reduce erosion, provide cover for wildlife, and increase biodiversity. Rest your camera on new photo point monitoring posts to take your own pictures of the fascinating changes in forest cover and wildlife usage over time. Photo point monitoring consists of repeat photography of an area of interest over a period of time, with photographs taken from the same location and with the same field of view as the original photo. With permanent posts, photos can be precisely replicated by different people many years apart. Consider projects with your school class or photography club. Approximate current locations are listed below for public usage.
Approximate Locations of Photo Point Monitoring Stations:
|Site #||X Coordinate||Y Coordinate||Notes:|
|1||570826.35||5438853.87||Between road and spawning channel|
|2||570903.42||5438871.62||To the south of the creek culvert|
|3||571173.86||5438943.77||On north side of trail, east of bridge|
|4||573384.15||5438855.74||On north side of trail at edge of creek|
|5||573478.61||5438842.78||South side of Peach Creek, west of access trail to McLaren Dr.|
|6||569679.62||5436868.23||Beside park bench in Wilson Park|
|7||568034.69||5438609.09||Beside hydro pole|
|8||567957.17||5438607.90||In field near hydro lines|
|9||568034.74||5438493.47||In middle of field space|