Riparian interface workshop put on hold

We had another good turnout for our regular monthly meeting of the Horsefly River Roundtable March 15.


We had another good turnout for our regular monthly meeting of the Horsefly River Roundtable March 15 with four people joining by telephone conferencing as well.

The FRISP (Farmland Riparian Interface Stewardship Program) workshop has been put on hold due to different parameters being imposed by the governments involved.  My interpretation of the conditions is that a far more inclusive plan is going to be required, one which includes not only riparian issues, but forestry, natural wildlife inclusion or not, a land-use management plan, and a long-term approach with specific goals.

Once all these objectives are met, funding would be available.  We shall have to wait for Lee Hesketh to update us when the workshop will be held. There might be a possible field visit with Hesketh if the snow has sufficiently melted away.

The report for our coordinator funding has been completed.  This is the last year for this funding, so next year will be a challenge.

Six detailed work plans for field work have been developed by Steve Hocquard and Richard Case. This was made possible through Fraser Salmon and Watersheds funding, and a lot of volunteer time by Hooquard and Case.

The roundtable will immediately attempt to secure funding for completion, although some work has already progressed through other sources. The projects to be undertaken are three areas on Woodjam Creek, plus improvements to Kroener Creek and Sucker Creek.  Barker Creek culvert is a separate project with DFO and TLC cooperating with the land owner on a culvert to promote a better riparian situation in a specific area.

The roundtable is hoping to have either Bob Harding or Rick Brundridge (or both) give us an update on the Fisheries Habitat Index Mapping project on the Quesnel and Horsefly Lakes. Barry Booth is expected to give an update on Land Conservancy projects in our area plus the rest of B.C.  The roundtable is hoping to have Cariboo Regional District representative for Area F Joan Sorely explain how the CRD can help with roundtable objectives.

Arts on the Fly is having a chili cook-off which the roundtable will try to muster a team of people to enter, and get some exposure as well as win first prize.

The annual Salmon Festival was discussed with respect to funding issues, a co-ordinator (same as last year), and the expected low sockeye returns which may affect any Gyotaku demonstrations or First Nations drying rack demonstration, as well as increasing invitations to local artisans to set up by the river as well as in the local fairground area.

We will invite the Vintage Car Club again which was a real hit last year.  2014 is, according to DFO predictions, going to be a large escapement, and should be a good run.  DFO is not going to open the spawning channel this year due to the expected low returns.  I, Bruce MacLeod, met  Hansen on Sunday, March 25, and handed him an invitation for him and his family to be our guests at the Salmon Festival.

In what seems like an excellent move, the Ministry of Environment is initiating a process of Land Reserve designation to protect fish and wildlife habitat in the Horsefly River areas.  There will be more information on this as we receive it. A discussion regarding communication via cellphones took place with the roundtable acknowledging we support these efforts, but it was more the board of trade’s department of expertise.

I brought up a communication from Barry Booth of the Land Conservancy of B.C. regarding the removal by the Harper government of the word “habitat” from the fisheries act as amended in 1976.

This is seen as a step backward in time and a real danger to the environment in general.  Members were encouraged to go on the Internet and read the significant changes.  There will be a discussion regarding this change at the next roundtable meeting which will be held at the Horsefly Library at 7 p.m. April 19.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Researchers in B.C. say earlier than usual return of bats or dead bats can indicate trouble, such as signs of white-nose syndrome. (Cathy Koot photo)
Public help is essential for monitoring for bat disease

Anyone finding a dead bat is asked to report it to the BC Community Bat Program

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Most Read