The HLCA maintains and promotes several stewardship committees, each aligned with the protection, conservation and advocacy of the important resources this beautiful area has to offer. Below are some highlights from each program!
- Monitoring of the annual lake water levels, ice accumulation and ice on/off dates
- Advocacy for the protection of riparian habitat and the fauna that relies on it for sensitive lifestages.
- The HLCA is an active member of the Loon/Diver Citizen Science Working Group.
The Loon/Diver Citizen Science Working Group goals are:
- To share/compile current best practices to enhance efforts to monitor loon populations,
- To increase public knowledge of loon biology and current risks to loon survival and productivity through education and outreach, and
- To advocate for actions that will lead to sustainable, if not growing, loon populations in the future
- Advocacy for provincial and national initiatives relating to freshwater invasive species management and prevention... CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY!
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- Community Watch in effect
- Ongoing collaborations and discussions with different levels of government to address various matters that may impact the lake and the Association members.
- Strong relationships built with key local government representatives
- The Heffley Lake area boasts beautiful mature Douglas-fir tree stands, which are currently at risk due to the fir-bark beetle, a native herbivore to North America. The HLCA recognizes the value these beautiful stands bring to our community and the environment, and therefore has spearheaded a annual pheromone bubble patch delivery program to its members since 2020. The HCLA secures government funding each year to help subsidize the costs of the patches for its members, which directly improves the health of our forests and natural environment.
- The HLCA facilitates and supports the maintenance of several walking and non-motorized vehicle trails around the lake. Brush and understory cleanup projects took place during the winter seasons of 20/21 and 21/22 to improve the safety and enjoyment of many trails. As third party contractors are retained to complete these projects using mechanical equipment, the HLCA ensures communication of the projects and associated hazards with the community during these times.
- Advocacy for the Fire Smart BC program, and initiatives homeowners can do to manage and mitigate fuels around homes and other important infrastructure.