Facilitated by Whistler/Blackcomb – A community based grassroots non-political take action group.
Mission is to protect, restore, enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the community of Whistler. Part of our commitment to building partnerships in action for environmental sustainability. Ask for projects from other community environmental groups like WFSG, AWARE, WhistlerBlackbear working group, Interpretive Forest committee etc. We also accept projects from independent members of the community.
Meet every second Tuesday outside Merlin’s bar at the base of Blackcomb at 5:45 pm and leave at 6 pm to the project site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us later at the project site. Once the project is concluded we go back to Merlin’s for a late happy hour.
Do projects anywhere in the Whistler area. Try to do one project per season in Pemberton.
Bring food, water, and full cover clothing as we work in forests, wetlands, ditches, and creeks. Not glamorous work – Call it an environmental boot camp!
HITs inception was in 1997 and since then 112 projects have been completed. The health of the environment is a core concern of Whistler locals and this venue gives them hands on opportunity for involvement. It also provides a venue for Whistler/Blackcomb to work shoulder to shoulder with the community. On average 15 – 20 participants are involved in each project. We have a number of volunteers that never miss a project however we are very flexible. You are only committed for the evening you attend. Children are welcome however it is advisable to assess the age relative to the physical demand of the project. Projects typically take 3 hrs. as we blow the finish horn at 9 PM.
Tuesday May 27th – Partnering with the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group (WFSG) to plant native riparian vegetation at Cheakamus Crossing.
Cheakamus Crossing is a new development at the southern end of Whistler. Following construction of the Whistler Athletes Village for the 2010 Olympics, and the development of a new wastewater treatment plant, several storm water and wastewater ponds were constructed. These ponds were designed to allow heavy metals and any noxious substances to settle and be filtered by vegetation before draining off to nearby streams. Ideally, these ponds will support viable populations of birds, amphibians, and invertebrates, with native vegetation surrounding the area. In order to encourage a productive ecosystem with good shade provisions for wildlife around the shore, current invasive species need to be removed and native vegetation planted.
Tuesday June 10th - Partnering with the WFSG Spruce Grove side channel enhancement for juvenile refuge.
A side channel habitat off Fitzsimmons Creek near Spruce Grove has been developed as a compensation action for construction activities near Whistler Village. This side channel is to create rearing and shelter habitat for juvenile bull trout, but currently the substrate and slope are not conducive for fish. To improve the habitat we need to spread gravel and cobbles within the stream bed, and plant small riparian plants and bushes to improve shade cover along the stream.
Tuesday June 24th – Partnering with the WFSG to install wildlife fencing at Lost Lake.
The population of western toads at Lost Lake are designated a species of ‘special concern’ and are blue listed within BC. In order to help support the population, which breeds in the lake and lives in the nearby forest, we need to install several hundred meters of wildlife fencing along the riparian buffer that leads from Lost Lake along Blackcomb Creek. This fencing helps to guide emerging toad lets from the lake to the forest in mid-summer when tourism is at its peak and many toad lets can be squashed by passing bicyclists and pedestrians.
July 8th - Packaging clothing for international aid.
Used Whistler Blackcomb uniforms are checked for quality and packaged for international aid. To date over 33,000 winter jackets and pants have been sent to the mountain communities of Chile, Cashmere- India, Nepal and Romania. Romania has been the principal recipient as Whistler has strong links with mountain communities in this country through WB staff and Rotary.
July 22nd - Partnership with BC Parks to assist with trail maintenance in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Whistler is privileged to have the massive Garibaldi Provincial Park shouldering its east flank. Many of us enjoy its high alpine surreal scenery in both winter and summer. This is a chance to give a little back to this special place.
August 5th – Trail maintenance at the Ancient Cedars on Cougar Mountain.
HIT owns this one having spent 3 project evenings last year in the Ancient Cedars. Focus will to be doing some general clean up, cut back the growth along trails edges, possibly some resurfacing and help build a short new section of trail.
August 19th – Project TBD
Project is yet to be determined. Similar to the Ancient Cedars and North West Passage projects we will likely take on another major trail restoration type project. Whistler has many walking, hiking, and bike trails. Some are in high quality condition and others not so much. Our focus is to restore the trails that are most popular- well used. More information will be provided on this project as we move into the summer. Suggestions and ideas both from our NGOs and community members are welcome.
September 2nd - Partnering with the Get Bear Smart Society to enhance bear habitats in Whistler by planting Mountain Ash.
The weather is cooling and it’s time to get back to planting. This will be the second night with the Get Bear Smart Society planting mountain Ash. This is an ongoing project to enhance and replace bear food supply outside of potential human – bear conflict zones. Most locations for planting are on Whistler Blackcomb.
For further information contact Arthur De Jong at 604 938-7080.
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