MEC headquarters certified as BC’s first Salmon-Safe urban site
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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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:
Salmon-Safe Communities for BC
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.
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: