The health and threats to the Fraser River estuary will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming presentation at Cedar Park Church in Ladner.
Set for Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. on, the presentation will be led by Eric Balke, a South Delta Secondary grad who is now the coordinator of the BC South Coast Conservation Land Management Program.
Balke’s presentation will focus on rising sea levels in the Fraser River estuary, and his research into ways we can protect it against both present and future threats.
Balke manages a portfolio of conservation lands that are managed/owned by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Nature Trust of BC and Canadian Wildlife Service.
The goal of the program is to use a collaborative approach to maximize the values and utility of these lands for the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat, including species and ecosystems at risk.
He is an ecologist with a diverse multidisciplinary background.
He graduated from the BCIT|SFU Ecological Restoration MSc program in 2017. For his masters research he collaborated on the Sturgeon Bank Marsh Recession Project to determine the cause of marsh recession along the Fraser River delta. He completed his BSc in biology at UBC in 2012 after completing several co-op work terms that had him living in a tent in Aldergrove Regional Park and a beach palace in Saudi Arabia.
The event is co-sponsored by the Creation Care Committee at the church along with other local organizations.
Everyone is welcome to attend.