Community planting day at Cheam Lake Wetlands

September 17, 2014

Get your shovels and trowels ready! Volunteers are needed to help restore the natural habitat at the Fraser Valley Regional District’s newest addition to the Cheam Lake Wetlands. On Saturday, September 20, the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is holding a Community Planting Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the south side of Cheam Lake.

The planting will take place at 53335 Yale Road East, with easy access from Hwy. 1 at exit 135 (Route 9 toward Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs). Parking is available on Yale Road. Carpooling is encouraged.

"Cheam Lake is one of the most mineral rich wetlands of the Fraser Valley. It is extremely rich in plant and wildlife, and the FVRD is committed to ensuring the longevity of this important environmental area for our region," says Sharon Gaetz, Chair of the FVRD.

"Planting shrubs and trees in the wetlands will not only greatly benefit the area, but it’s also a great way for families to get out and enjoy nature and become involved in their community," says Bill Dickey, director for Electoral Area D of the FVRD.

The event will be held rain or shine, so volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Volunteers should bring shovels, trowels, gloves and boots. This is a family friendly event, but children must be supervised by parents or caregivers.

The Cheam Lake Wetlands is a 107 hectare park where over 180 bird species have been recorded. Amenities include a 2 km trail, information kiosk, picnic tables and comfort stations. For more information, please contact the FVRD parks department at (604) 702-5077 or