Monthly Archives: November 2018

Heart of the Fraser


Salmon River Enhancement Society

Langley, BC


October 25, 2018


The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, MP

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons

Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0A6


Re: Herrling, Carey, and Strawberry Islands land use changes


Dear Minister,

It has come to the attention of the Salmon River Enhancement Society that a number of large floodplain islands in the Fraser River at Mission to Laidlaw are now under ecosystem threat for development for intensive agriculture.  These include Herrling, Carey and Strawberry islands, former TFL43 cottonwood plantations for pulp production.  These un-diked floodplain areas constitute exceptional fish rearing habitat during the freshet period including interior and coastal juvenile Chinook salmon, the latter of which is utilized by Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Harrison Rapids sockeye are also known to rear on top of the islands during freshet flooding. In addition, the perimeters include some of the most productive salmon (chum and pink) and white sturgeon spawning habitats in western North America.

Many people refer to this area as the Heart of the Fraser due to its extraordinary ecosystem value to British Columbia.

The Salmon River Enhancement Society has long been a steward of salmon and trout habitats in the Township of Langley but also has taken a broader British Columbia approach as evidenced from our actions as intervenors on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

We view this damage to the Fraser River on these islands as concerning and egregiously damaging.  In this context we support the recent letter submitted by the BC Wildlife Federation and signed by a number of conservation coalition luminaries from British Columbia including Rick Hansen, Mark Angelo, Brian Riddell, Robert Alcock and Tony Allard.

SRES agrees with BC Wildlife Federation that it is vitally important for you to protect these critical habitats through acquisition and long-term management.

Yours sincerely,


Doug McFee


Doug McFee

President Salmon River Enhancement Society


Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Mr. Terry Beech, MP, Parliamentary Sect to Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard

Mr. Fin Donnelly, MP Port Moody-Coquitlam

Mr. Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody

Messrs. Angelo, Rosenau, Riddell, Heart of the Fraser

 Mr. Jim Hudson, Chairman, Pacific Salmon Foundation

 Mr. Rick Hansen, Rick Hansen Foundation

Mr. Karl English, Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

 Mr. Harvey Andrusak, President, BC Wildlife Federation

Al Martin, BCWF Alan Martin

 Mr. Colin Hansen, Fraser Basin Council

Dr. Jasper Lament, The Nature Trust of British Columbia

 Dr. Michael Church, UBC Geography

Karen Wristen, Living Oceans Society

Mr. Mike Goold, Sto:lo Nation

Tribal Chief Doug Kelly, President, Sto:lo Tribal Council

Honourable George Heyman BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy:

Honourable Doug Donaldson BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development: ;

Honourable Lana Popham BC Minister of Agriculture:

Alan Johnsrude, Executive Director, FLNRORD

 Sandra Jensen, Authorizations Specialist, Water Authorization, FLNRORD

Ms. Catherine McKenna, Environment Canada

Cheryl Webb, RDG Habitat, DFO

Mr. Cornelius Visser/Bev Ramey, BC Nature, Federation of BC Naturalist Bev Ramey

Mr. Stephen Cornish, CEO David Suzuki Foundation

Ms. Lina Azeez, Watershed Watch Salmon Society Lina Azeez

Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council

Brent Baron, Indiginous and Northern Affairs Canada

Ross Dixon, RainCoast

Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law

Diane Ramage, Pacific Salmon Foundation

Ian Stephen, WaterWealth Project

Janson Wong, Lower Fraser Fishing Authority

Brad Mason, biologist

Michael Church, UBC Geography

James Casey, Bird Studies Canada

Cher King-Scobie, Fraser Basin Council

Karen Brady, Sto:lo Nation

Dionne Bunsha, Lower Fraser Fishing Authority

Bryan Robinson BC Water Stewardship Division

Jeanne Hughes, Lower Fraser Fishing Authority

Mike Goold, People of the River