STEWARD CREATION IN THE UPPER BULKLEY

A Watershed Stewardship Centre in Houston, BC

The Upper Bulkley River flows through the town of Houston, BC. Though teeming with salmon, this river has long been impacted by railways, mining and more. The community of Houston and A Rocha are working to establish a Watershed Stewardship Centre to care for these waters.

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Help Restore Our Watershed

Phase 1 of the Watershed Stewardship Centre is complete & already thousands of Coho salmon have been raised in the new Buck Creek Canfor hatchery. We are now taking steps towards phase 2 – the Nature Centre.

Will you join us on the journey? Your gift will help grow this small hatchery into a hub for conservation research and environmental education.

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Salmon Hatchery Grand Opening

One fine fall day the community of Houston, BC gathered in a celebration of hope for the Upper Bulkley River: the grand opening of the Buck Creek CANFOR hatchery!

A Rocha’s Upper Bulkley River Streamkeepers have been working towards a watershed stewardship facility on land provided by Canadian Forest Products near the confluence of Buck Creek and the Upper Bulkley River. The 20 foot x 30 foot building is Phase 1 of a larger watershed stewardship centre that will be a hub for conservation, education and restoration in the Upper Bulkley River watershed.

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About the Centre

Hope for the Upper Bulkley:

We will build a Watershed Stewardship Centre that is a hub for all of A Rocha’s activities in Houston.

Phase 1 Hatchery was completed in fall of 2017! Come visit the hatchery, office and streamkeepers lab.

Phase 2  Addition to the building to include a space for year-round  indoor environmental education activities and interpretive displays.

Phase 3 (2020 and beyond) Landscaping to create nature trails, a pond and outdoor interpretive displays focusing on sustainable forestry, agriculture and living practices.

The data gathered through conservation research is shared with conservation decision makers as they make decisions that affect the health of the Upper Bulkley River watershed. We conduct long term research and monitoring using Streamkeeper’s methodology, iNaturalist, Bioblitz and other citizen science programs. We also collaborate with all levels of government, first nations, universities and others to ensure that research is shared and not duplicated for maximum effectiveness through the Upper Bulkley River Roundtable group.
We are raising Coho salmon to be released into the Upper Bulkley River watershed as an educational tool for residents and visitors.

As we learn more about the watershed we will facilitate habitat restoration projects to restore and protect sensitive riparian habitat in the Upper Bulkley River.

We provide dynamic, hands-on environmental education opportunities to encourage schools, local residents and visitors encouraging them to discover and enjoy the creatures in our watershed. Our education programs also engage landowners in watershed stewardship principles with the goal of encouraging future habitat restoration projects.
We explore the connection between Christian faith and environmental issues with local churches and individuals.

For more information please contact us.

Nature Centre Construction Goal – $300,000 by June 2020

Bringing hands on nature education to Houston 6%

Support A Rocha’s Watershed Stewardship Centre in the beautiful Bulkley Valley. Every donation makes it happen.

* This campaign is part of the larger vision for the Bulkley Project. Please contact Cindy Verbeek to discuss progress towards Phase 2 Construction of the Nature Centre.

Give Now

Help Restore Our Watershed

Phase 1 of the Watershed Stewardship Centre is complete & already thousands of Coho salmon have been raised in the new Buck Creek Canfor hatchery. We are now taking steps towards phase 2 – the Nature Centre.

Will you join us on the journey? Your gift will help grow this small hatchery into a hub for conservation research and environmental education.

Give Now