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Salmon-Safe BC

MEC headquarters certified as BC’s first Salmon-Safe urban site

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MEC staff (left to right) Brent Dallimore, Sandy Treagus, Jeff Bonhen and Vanadis Oviedo show Amy Greenwood (front right) of the Fraser Basin Council a biofiltration garden that helps to slow, spread and sink rainwater captured from the rooftop garden of MEC’s head office in Vancouver.

The distinctive building and grounds that comprise the head office campus of MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) near the historic eastern terminus of False Creek Flats in Vancouver have been certified as the first Salmon-Safe urban site in British Columbia. The recognition came from the Fraser Basin Council and Pacific Salmon Foundation, non-profit organizations that jointly deliver the Salmon-Safe program in BC.

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 About Salmon-Safe

The Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council teamed up in 2011 to deliver Salmon-Safe BC — an eco-certification program that recognizes environmentally friendly management practices to protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. This is one of the legacies of the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program.

Salmon-Safe in Agriculture

The management of agricultural land is a key focus for Salmon-Safe. Since the program began in the US Pacific Northwest more than 10 years ago, over 300 American farms and 200 vineyards have been certified as Salmon-Safe.

The BC program was rolled out 2011, with 22 farms and ranches achieving certification. That number rose to 45 by the end of 2014. See our list of Salmon-Safe certified farms.

To earn the Salmon-Safe designation and right to use the logo in packaging and marketing farm products, a producer must have farm operations evaluated by an independent, professional evaluator. Salmon-Safe certification does not relate to product quality, but confirms that specific environmental standards are followed by the producer.

In particular, Salmon-Safe recognizes the practices of farmers who help protect stream habitat and water quality. They are making a difference in many ways:

  • Maintaining a buffer of trees and vegetation along the stream banks
  • Controlling erosion by cover cropping bare soil
  • Improving passage for migrating fish
  • Applying natural methods to control weeds and farm pests
  • Using efficient irrigation practices
  • Managing nutrient load
  • Protecting wetlands, woodlands, and other natural areas
  • Promoting plant and wildlife diversity on their farms.

Salmon-Safe Certified Farms in BC (as of December 2014)

  • Beaver Meadow Farms Ltd., Comox
  • Morningstar Farm, Parksville
  • Northbrook Farm, Saanichton
  • Eagle Paws Organics, Sooke
  • Camirlaney Farms - Fraserland Organics, Delta:
  • Dhaliwal Farm Ltd. - Fraserland Organics, Delta
  • Bow Chong Farm - Fraserland Organics, Delta
  • Albert’s Herbs & Nrusery, Burnaby
  • Glorious Organics Co-Op, Aldergrove
  • Glen Valley Organic Farm, Abbotsford
  • Crisp Organics, Abbotsford
  • Lotusland Vineyards, Abbotsford
  • Shalefield Organic Gardens, Lindell Beach
  • The Bees Knees Christmas Trees, Lindell Beach
  • Frosty Frog Farm, Lindell Beach
  • Hanninen Farm, Chilliwack
  • Poplar Grove Arbour, Agassiz
  • Cedar Isle Farm, Agassiz
  • Across the Creek Organics, Pemberton
  • Helmer’s Organic Farm, Pemberton
  • Ice Cap Organics, Pemberton
  • Rootdown Organic Farm, Pemberton
  • Stein Mountain Farm, Lytton
  • Sapo Bravo Organics, Lytton
  • Pooley Ranch, Merritt
  • Left Fields Farm, Sorrento
  • Harmonious Homestead and Ewe, Salmon Arm
  • Silverhills Ranch, Lumby
  • Timberline Farm, Kelowna
  • Kalala Organic Estate Winery and Vineyards, West Kelowna
  • Harker’s Organics, Cawston
  • Klippers Organics Acres, Cawston
  • Forrest Nelson’s Certified Organic Produce, Cawston
  • Seven Stones Winery, Cawston
  • 3Cru/ Mariposa Vineyard, Cawston
  • Covert Farms, Oliver
  • Forbes Family Farm, Oliver
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver
  • H&I Farm, Oliver
  • Couloombe Vineyards, Oliver
  • Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery, Oliver
  • Culmina Family Estate Winery, Oliver
  • Nk’mip Vineyards, Osoyoos
  • Hooh Hops, Lillooet
  • Riverhouse Farm

Salmon-Safe Communities for BC

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Salmon-Safe certification is now available to BC municipalities and regional districts, developers and other landowners in both the private and public sector. The certification can apply to such places as parks and natural areas, college or university campuses, business sites and residential developments in urban, suburban and rural settings.

Land can be certified even if it has no watercourses on it. This recognizes that commercial, industrial and residential activities, even those not immediately adjacent to streams and rivers, have long-term cumulative impacts on fish and other aquatic species.

For details and benefits of the program, see our Salmon-Safe Communities for BC backgrounder.

Contact Us

For more about Salmon-Safe Communities, contact:

Amy Greenwood: T: 604 488-5367 | E:

For more about Salmon-Safe in agriculture, contact:

Costanza Testino: T: 604-664-7664 (ext 118) | E:

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and across BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

E3 Fleet/Green Fleets BC:
www.e3fleet.com

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351
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