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Walbran Valley, BC

Hugo Lefrancois

Project Lead

Our project allows the maintenance and expansion of a strong network of trails in the Central Walbran Valley, on Vancouver Island. A strong network of trails in the Walbran means that people can explore and enjoy the beauty of ancient forests, and promotes alternatives to clearcut logging in marbled murrelet habitat.

Project Description

Our project promotes alternatives to clearcut logging in marbled murrelet habitat in the Central Walbran. The marbled murrelet is an emblematic bird that represents the connection between the ocean and the rainforest. Marbled murrelets are seabirds, but they depend on the moss growing on the limbs of ancient trees to nest. They can be found up to 50 miles inland. Unfortunately, the destruction of their habitat has caused their populations to drop drastically over recent decades.

This project allowed a group of people to get the means required to restore some trails in the Central Walbran Valley, an area that remains largely unprotected from clearcut logging. There is less than 3% of ancient forest left in BC. Therefore, the Walbran has become a refuge for species associated with ancient forests.

This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

Making a solid plan of what was most needed for trail building, but also making sure that everyone on-site could be doing something at the same time. Therefore, we opted to also buy trail maintenance equipment, by getting a lot of loppers and pruners (which are relatively cheap and allow a large number of people to get involved).

What was your most valuable takeaway?

So many people are keen to help! Youths are stoked and ready to come. Having the means to get people out there, and to get involved, was the only thing missing.

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