City of Coquitlam - Urban Forestry Volunteer Opportunities


Environmental opportunities like invasive weed pulls and plantings will be posted here when scheduled. 

For more information, please contact naturalareas@coquitlam.ca or visit   https://www.coquitlam.ca/727/Invasive-Species.

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Sustainable Bike Trail Building with TORCA

Sustainable trail building practices and ongoing trail maintenance and stewardship are key to ensuring safety and quality experiences for trail users, but also to protect the environment that supports these experiences. Whether maintaining, remediating, decommissioning or developing a trail, a lot of time and thought goes into not only the user’s experience, but the protection of the complex and fragile ecosystems in the area. Here are a few things we consider, as outlined in the Whistler Trail standards

  • Trail placement to avoid unstable slopes
  • Armouring in certain areas to prevent erosion and potential soil movement
  • Minimize trail width to limit impact on soil and vegetation and the ecosystems they support
  • Avoiding trail routing near critical habitat or fragile plant species
  • Placement of bridges so they fully cross the stream, creek, etc. with supports on top of stable banks to prevent erosion and sedimentation
  • Near streams, minimize vegetation removal and soil disturbance

These last two points prevent sedimentation of the watercourse and ensure protection of the downstream water quality. Doing so can be absolutely critical for the preservation of some of our local species, like our salmon who rely on the clean water reaching them downstream.  (Source https://torca.ca/updates/trail-building-is-thoughtful-trail-use-should-be-too/)

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Sustainable Bike Trail Building Day with TORCA 1 9/24/2022 9/24/2022