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Forest & Stream Program
Forest Stream Site.JPGUnique to Deroche Elementary is our “Forest & Stream” Stewardship Program.  We have a stream running through our school property which has given us a remarkable site to teach students ecology, environment studies, aquatic life and the importance of watershed sustainability.

We started our “Forest & Stream” Program in 2016 as an initiative to restore a salmon spawning stream, long blocked due to construction and overgrowth.  We have worked hard at removing invasive blackberries and replanting non-invasive plants along the stream side.  We have set up an outdoor classroom area and were able to incorporate walking trails throughout the forest area.  We have also constructed a bridge over the stream to serve as a learning platform and interpretative area. 

While education is an integral part of our program, the project also allows our students and the community to become actively involved in salmon enhancement with a commitment to preserving and protecting this important watershed area.  What we love most about the program is that it will be a viable project for years to come and the benefits to fish habitat will be long lasing and widespread. 

We are grateful to the various groups for their support including the Sasquatch Lions Club, Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, Barsanti Environmental Services, Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, DFO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds, Communities in Bloom, RBC Blue Water Project, Inch Creek Hatchery, TW Excavating and Lacey’s Construction.

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Program Highlights:

Our first big event for our "Forest and Stream" Program was our Streamside Replanting Event.  A special thank you to the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition and Leq'am:el for helping us with this work and to our volunteers who helped with the labour intensive task of removing overgrown blackberries prior to the replanting.

Our next accomplishment and highlight was the construction of our bridge in March and then our Chum Salmon Release and Stream Dedication Ceremony on April 20, 2018.  We released over 40,000 Chum Salmon into our school stream as part of our stream rehabilitation work.  This was a very exciting day for our students and school community.