How do you balance land use along the Fraser?

All land in the Fraser River basin is important for economic, environmental and socio-cultural reasons. But there is only so much of it, leading to increasing pressures – and costs – around how to best use that land.

The next Fraser River Dialogue, set for Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, includes a panel discussion with experts on industrial, agricultural, environmental and public land use.

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"The Fraser River and the land around it is used by industry, fish and wildlife and – increasingly – the general public, to walk, bike and even live beside,” said Stephen Bruyneel, executive director of the Fraser River Discovery Centre. “But balancing these different land uses is no easy matter. That’s why we have put together an expert panel to come and talk to us about it at our next Fraser River Dialogue.”

Members of the panel include:

Marc Ballard, manager of real estate, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Kirk Miller, former chair, Agricultural Land Commission

Alan Martin, director, strategic initiatives, BC Wildlife Federation

Bruce Hemstock, principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. (and lead developer of the award-winning Pier Park)

“While these panel members will bring their own land use perspective to the discussion, they all also know how important it is to find a balance between all the different uses,” added Bruyneel. “That’s what is needed to ensure the sustainability of the living, working Fraser River.”

The Fraser River Dialogue series was launched by the Fraser River Discovery Centreas a forum for public education and discussion on important issues related to the river.The series is also consistent with the centre’s role as the “Voice of the Fraser” and its commitment to being a convenor on all aspects related to the river.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at
All net proceeds go toward supporting the ongoing operations of the centre.

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