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SNAP 2012

An introduction to the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership
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Stephen McGlenn

on 1 May 2013

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WHAT IS SNAP? The History of SNAP SNAP in popular culture A partnership between three local environmental groups and Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture (Urban Forestry & Environmental Programs Section) President: Ellen Edwards President: Ron Meadley President: Liz Walker Created in 2001 as the Surrey Stewardship of Natural Areas Partnership (SSNAP) For years, SNAP was a team of 4 post-secondary students mostly doing restoration in the 3 parks co-managed by partner groups In 2006, SNAP grew to 9 members and worked on restoration and education in parks throughout Surrey, with an emphasis on partner parks 2011: 13 members and four different program areas! Objectives To restore and enhance Surrey’s natural areas and parks

To provide environmental education to the community

To encourage the public to become stewards of natural areas and specimen trees Sunnyside Acres was dedicated as an Urban Forest in 1988, largely due to the efforts of the Save Our Sunnyside (SOS) group who recognized its unique ecological characteristics and recreational opportunities. Afterwards, the SOS group evolved into the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society and has since worked alongside the City of Surrey's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department. In partnership, these groups are committed to sustaining the Forest and its associated environment in as close to a natural state as possible.
-sunnysideacres.ca Our Society took up the torch and fought to keep the forest in its natural state. Working closely with the City Council we managed to get a referendum passed by residents that saved the forest from the football stadium. But we only saved the urban forest from 92 to 100 avenues.

The city councillors wanted to sell the forest land north of 100 Avenue to developers for residential condominiums. The City was offered $32 Million for the land. The Green Timbers Heritage Society thought it was worth more to leave it as forest. The City called another referendum and 97 per cent of citizens supported keeping it as a forest. While the Society was trying to save this part of the forest, they built trails through it connecting this section of the forest with the rest of Green Timbers.
-greentimbers.ca The White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society works towards its objectives of creating and encouraging environmental awareness and promoting the conservation of the environment, through public education, organizing field trips, and presenting lectures and displays in all branches of natural history for the enjoyment of members and others. The society also operates a nature centre at Beecher Place in Crescent Beach from October to May, and is very involved with the nature centre at Campbell Valley Park. The society has a very active conservation committee and an energetic education committee that is very active with local elementary school groups. The White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society are stewards of Blackie Spit in which SNAP focuses a large portion of its efforts. Part of the Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, the Urban Forestry & Environmental Programs (UFEP) section manages natural areas and provides environmental education opportunities to the public. The goal of UFEP staff is to find a balance between environmental protection of natural areas and access to these same lands. Activities include vegetation and fauna management, provision of access and recreation opportunities such as trails, hazard tree and fire management, as well as outreach and education. SNAP Habitat Restoration Environmental Outreach Environmental Education Volunteer Coordination Invasive Removal (throughout)
Planting Maintenance (May/June)
Closing Unsanctioned Trails (as needed)
Yard Waste Removal (as needed)
Special Fauna Projects (throughout)

Primary Focus on Natural Area Priority Parks (Green Timbers, Sunnyside Acres, Blackie Spit)
Also focus on smaller sites requiring 'finesse'
Responding to public concerns Preschool Programs (May/June)
Day camps (July/August)
Public programs (Throughout)
Attending community events such as Children’s Fest

This summer, all Environmental Education programs will run out of the Surrey Nature Centre 2012 The newest addition to SNAP
Door-to-door Pamphleteering
Attend community events
Host environment-themed programs in neighbourhood parks

Focus areas:
Nature Appreciation
Park Etiquette and Bylaws
Yard waste & littering
Invasive species
Feeding of wildlife
Pet etiquette
Boulevard Trees Ecorangers:
Park ecology and nature appreciation
Park by-laws and etiquette
littering
wildlife feeding
off-trail cycling
Interpretive Programs
In-park kiosks and displays
Park patrols and presence
Eco rangers are active in Green Timbers, Blackie Spit, Sunnyside Acres, and Bear Creek Parks. This year we are also trying to recruit Eco rangers at Fleetwood, Surrey Lake, and Cougar Creek Parks at a smaller scale. HR Volunteers:
Volunteers will be assisting with invasive removals, trail closures and park clean-ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. OR Volunteers:
Volunteers will assist with hosting and attending community and stewardship events on Saturdays. SNAP in nature: Habitat Restoration
Outreach
Environmental Education
Volunteer Coordinator GTHS, SAHS, WRSN Technicians SNAP Coordinator City of Surrey and Partner Groups UFEP
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