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    Our water sample has tested free of Fukushima radiation!

    The FFCCS Water Sample has been tested for radiation from Fukushima. Here are the results we received from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: “We measured your water sample and will post the data on our website very soon…. Read More

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    Radioactive Oceans Project Update

    A crew of four of us collected water for the “Our radioactive oceans project.”  Don McConnell, Ceri Peacey, John Peacey, and our photographer and head cheerleader Liberty Bradshaw.  The sample has been shipped and we are awaiting the… Read More

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    Radioactivity from Fukushima

    We are taking part in the water sampling efforts to measure the impact of radioactivity from Fukushima on the ocean locally.  We think it’s a smart choice.  Thank you to all the donors known and unknown who contributed… Read More

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    Hogweed Team

    Interested in helping a hardworking group in their efforts to control the noxious Hogweed plant?  Call Mike Jessen at (250) 752-4579

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    About Us

    The Friends of French Creek Conservation Society is a non profit society dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the French Creek Watershed.  We have 150+ members and some of them are very hardy volunteers. Part of the… Read More

What We Do

We undertake or fund fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects. Damaged habitat can be restored.  Salmon are particularly resilient, and physical repairs to spawning beds and nursery areas in the Creek will significantly increase spawning and survival rates.  The work we have done and will continue to do includes planting trees for bank stabilization, controlling weeds, making physical repairs to creekside to stop erosion and improve water flow characteristics.  The restoration work assists the fish populations as well as the birds and other life in this ecosystem.  The Society has done some of this work directly but works mostly in partnership with other organizations and agencies such as Streamkeepers, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited.

  • Acquiring and preserving ecologically important sites. French Creek runs through an area that is experiencing substantial human population growth.  Residential development and industrial activity have potential to further damage the ecological health of the Creek.  The Society works to identify the most sensitive sites on the Creek and to preserve them through land acquisitions, conservation covenants and stewardship agreements.  Site secured in this way can be preserved and restored to their natural state.
  • Educating the public about the ecology of French Creek. An important part of protecting and restoring the health of French Creek is to educate the people of the area about the ecology of the watershed and how we must all strive to keep it healthy.  This involves public lectures and workshops by experts in the natural sciences.  The Society also intends to work with local schools to educate children about the Creek ecosystem, and will continue to cooperate with neighboring property owners in reducing adverse impacts.
  • Hamilton Marsh.  A dedicated group of volunteers within the society is working to preserve and protect this exceptional wetland located directly south of Qualicum Beach.  Hamilton Marsh is the largest body of water in the French Creek watershed.  It provides significant wildlife habitat, and functions as a carbon sink for airborne pollutants.  For details visit our Hamilton Marsh website.
  • Tree Potting,  Planting & Tending.  Activities in 2010 included 6 tree planting sessions in the spring and fall, two tree potting sessions at Jacquie Thomson’s and two tree tendings of our previously planted trees. We planted a total of 263 trees in the riparian area of French Creek.
  • Hogweeding.  Hogweed is a nasty invasive species and the folks at FFCCS have spent the past several years tackling it.Mike Jessen heads up our Hogweed Team and he’s provided some valuable resources on the subject:

    FYI – Mike Jessen is the guy on the left in the lower photo

    We have completed our Hogweed wrastling season for 2012.  We will update our calendar to inform you of any new hog-weeding events.

    Flow Measurements

  • The year 2012 is the seventh consecutive year we have performed flow measurements, at the request of DFO.  Flow in French Creek was low, but not as low as in the previous summer. We are having a report compiled of the results of five years of measurements.
HPIM0922

Our water sample has tested free of Fukushima radiation!

The FFCCS Water Sample has been tested for radiation from Fukushima. Here are the results we received from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: “We measured your water sample and will post the data on our website very soon…. Read More

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Tree Planting Day!

Good work, today, everyone. We planted 11 pines, 38 spruce, 11 hemlock and 21 cedars, in difficult terrain. We still have cedars left, if anyone wants to organize another planting. I’ve attached a few select photos, apologies for… Read More

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Radioactive Oceans Project Update

A crew of four of us collected water for the “Our radioactive oceans project.”  Don McConnell, Ceri Peacey, John Peacey, and our photographer and head cheerleader Liberty Bradshaw.  The sample has been shipped and we are awaiting the… Read More

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