Habitat restoration crew members and volunteers build bird

Youth SNAP into action

City of Surrey program keeps parks free of invasive plant species.

Every year a group of environmentally conscious youth restore and enhance Surrey’s natural areas, parks, forests and boulevards.

For the last 12 years, members of Surrey’s SNAP Program (Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership) have worked in partnership with the City of Surrey and three non-profit organizations, The Green Timbers Heritage Society, Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society and the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society to promote environmental stewardship and to educate the public about the benefits of having natural spaces in their communities.

Using an in-depth database of invasive plant species, members of the Green Timbers Heritage Society and the City of Surrey are able to determine what areas need to be addressed, and what specific plants need to be removed or planted, and that information is then passed on to SNAP team members.

“Often residents will use local parks as a place to dump yard waste and trimmings, not realizing this can lead to the spread of many invasive species,” explained SNAP Program Coordinator Stephen McGlenn. “So through our outreach and education events in the various communities, we try to mitigate yard waste dumping behaviour.”

SNAP also uses interactive nature camps to teach young kids the importance of nature in the city.

“Many volunteers are looking to experience working in the environmental field, really to see what it’s like,” said McGlenn, “and SNAP is a really good stepping stone for many students.”

This year, SNAP staff and volunteers removed invasive species of plants and litter from nearly 3,300 square meters of city land.

For more information about the program or the various volunteer opportunities, visit www.surrey.ca/snap

photo@surreyleader.com

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

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

Just Posted

Girls, women try their hand at marine rescue in Surrey

Achieve Anything Foundation, RCMSAR Crescent Beach host ‘Operation: This IS You! Saving Lives at Sea’

White Rock cadets nab medals at Vernon competition

Thirteen members of 907 Squadron compete at regional meet

Surrey boy living with congenital heart disease to speak at local Tedx event

Mason Vander Ploeg will be speaking on saving the oceans

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Winds up to 70 km/hr expected across Metro Vancouver

Winds are expected to subside overnight

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Fraser Health warns some schools of possible COVID-19 exposure

A sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman in her 30s in the Fraser Health region who recently returned from Iran

High-risk sex offender cuts off ankle bracelet, on the loose in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police said Kirstjon Olson, 38, is a provincial sex offender with 27 court-ordered conditions

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read