On July 12, The Nature Trust of BC’s Lower Mainland Youth Crew held their first clean-up event of the season with the BC Backcountry Hunters and Anglers at our Silverhope Creek property near Hope.

The Nature Trust acquired the 223 acre Silverhope Creek property in 1979. This property is mainly valley bottom, straddling Silverhope Creek, flanked by steep hillsides of mixed forest. As a tributary of the Fraser River, this creek provides important spawning grounds for Steelhead. The area also supports a large variety of wildlife, including Mountain Goat, cougar, Deer, Harlequin Ducks.

The Silverhope Creek property is often used by outdoor enthusiasts for recreation. Unfortunately, not everyone is as respectful of this natural space as we would hope.

The crew gathered early with volunteers and spent the sunny day cleaning up garbage and taking care of the site. At the end of the day they had recovered over 600kg of trash.

Thanks so much to the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and put some muscle into this daunting task. We would also like to send a big shout-out to our clean-up event sponsor TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.