The doors will be open to the public to join the Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards at their upcoming Annual General Meeting in the lower Native Sons Hall on December 6, 2013 from 7-9pm. Guest speaker, Dr. Scott Wallace, from the David Suzuki Foundation, will give a talk entitled, “A River runs through it, Weddings, Wellness and Watersheds”. Door prizes, educational materials, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
Scott Wallace is a marine ecologist employed by the David Suzuki Foundation as their Senior Research Scientist. Scott is an educator, author, activist, naturalist and analyst whose career has focused on marine conservation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. His work at the David Suzuki Foundation centers on species at risk, marine conservation, and improving the management of capture fisheries and aquaculture operations in Canada. He sits on a variety of fisheries management boards and works directly with the fishing industry on innovative ways to improve fishing practices and is a member of the Marine Fishes Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). He has also co-authored a book titled “Basking Sharks: The Slaughter of BC’s Gentle Giants”.
Following Dr. Scott’s presentation, there will be a brief review of the main activities in 2012, an outline of programs, organizational changes and election of board members.
The Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards was formed in 1994 after local residents expressed concern about the health of local streams. Their mission is “to assess, restore and maintain the ecosystems of the Millard Piercy watershed” and do so by running a number of volunteer programs, including fish enhancement, streamside planting and water quality monitoring.
Millard Creek and its main tributary, Piercy Creek originate in wetlands and springs and flow through agricultural and forested land, residential and an industrial area before discharging into Comox Bay. The streams support small populations of coho, pink and chum salmon as well as cuthroat trout. The watershed also provides habitat for wildlife such as deer, beavers, bears, wolves and cougars and many bird species. As the population of Courtenay and the surrounding area has grown, so has the pressure on the habitat of the Millard-Piercy system.