GFWA is always encouraging our members to get involved with local groups and projects. Below are some that we have taken part in over the past years. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know by sending a general inquiry email.
Slashing and brushing projects help to enhance wildlife habitat by opening up areas for wildlife forage as well as promoting new, higher nutrient growth on mature brush.
The GFWA is hoping to organize a volunteer crew for spring of 2022 to complete some of this work up Miller Creek. Brushing and slashing projects are done based on guidance from local Provincial Biologists. Activities undertaken by GFWA volunteers are coordinated by Club President, Brian Hancock.
If you are interested in helping with this work, please send a General Inquiry message to Brian via the 'Contact Us' page.
The Deer Count is organized by Kettle Ecological (Barb Stewart, P. Bio) and takes place over a four week period each spring. Volunteers throughout the Boundary area spend a number of evenings counting all species of deer as well as noting other wildlife in the area.
GFWA President Brian Hancock is the point of contact for volunteer counters, so if you are interested in helping, please contact him.
A large parcel of grasslands, significant for the areas California bighorn sheep, mule deer and whitetail deer population (as well as some BC species at risk) was acquired by the Southern Interior Land Trust in 2020. The Grand Forks Wildlife Association donated funding towards the purchase of this land, and club members, along with SILT, local area residents, & the Wild Sheep Society of BC spent numerous hours cleaning waste off the property and installing new signage.
The BC Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the University of BC Okanagan and the University of Idaho are engaged in an extensive research project aimed at understanding more about the mule deer population in Southern BC.
The goal of the study is to understand what is causing the decline in mule deer numbers and ultimately develop a management plan that will help to restore the populations.
The Grand Forks Wildlife Association members support this program by spending countless hours volunteering to install, maintain and retrieve images collected on wildlife cameras throughout the Boundary.
If you are interested in helping please contact Brian Hancock.
To learn more about the Southern Interior Mule Deer Project, click on this BCWF link: https://bcwf.bc.ca/initiatives/mule-deer-project/