The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) contributes to the protection of aquatic habitat through education, inventory and monitoring, lobbying and habitat restoration here in Maple Ridge. They are active contributors to the community through public engagement and ecological stewardship. ARMS is partnered with BC Corrections where inmates from Fraser Regional Correction Centre run and maintain ALLCO Hatchery through an inmate work program. Last year, ALLCO Hatchery was responsible for raising and releasing 635,000 salmonid species back into the river.
Through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program ARMS has two summer students working for them. Scotti-Lynn Griffin has her degree in Geography and has the goal of applying to BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program to further her studies. Brody Herman has his BA in History and is entering UBC’s Teacher Education Program in September. Tasks that the two students are responsible for include monitoring the fish, water quality testing, event coordination, and educating the public about fish preservation through events such as farmers markets. Soon they will be running summer camps to teach kids about the importance of protecting our local ecology.
When asked what Scotti-Lynn and Brody were taking away from this program they expressed their gratitude for being able to go beyond learning out of books and being able to get real hands-on experience. The enthusiasm these two demonstrated in regards to protecting our environment and educating our community about fish preservation demonstrates how they are leaders of today within our community!
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