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School and Children's programs call the Surrey Nature Centre at 604-502-6065

The Green Timbers Heritage Society is the steward of the Green Timbers Urban Forest. Since 1987 the Board of Directors have been working closely with the Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture to improve the trails and open the forest up to residents of Surrey for their recreation and education of the forest, plants and wildlife.

The Green Timbers Heritage Society was incorporated with the aim of preserving the square mile of forest, which was replanted in the 1930's after it was logged, and then dedicated by the Tolmie government to remain treed. Eventually the City of Surrey traded land on 192nd Street in exchange for a major part of the forest. We thought the forest was finally saved. However a former Surrey mayor thought he had a better idea and logged a major section of the forest in 1987 to build a football stadium and parking lot.

Our Society took up the torch and fought to keep the forest in its natural state. Working closely with the City Council we managed to get a referendum passed by residents that saved the forest from the football stadium. But we only saved the urban forest from 92 to 100 avenues.

The city councillors wanted to sell the forest land north of 100 Avenue to developers for residential condominiums. The City was offered $32 Million for the land. The Green Timbers Heritage Society thought it was worth more to leave it as forest. The City called another referendum and 97 per cent of citizens supported keeping it as a forest. While the Society was trying to save this part of the forest, they built trails through it connecting this section of the forest with the rest of Green Timbers.

Over the years the Society has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for work in the forest. All the trails are now built to high standards and with bridges and gravel they are passable all year long. The Society also manages a program called Surrey Stewardship of Natural Areas Partnership (SSNAP). It is a partnership between five environmental groups in Surrey managed by the Green Timbers Heritage Society. Four to five university students are hired to work in Surrey forests and parks from May to the end of August. The Society is a wholly volunteer run organization and any money raised goes directly into the forest. Volunteers are needed for trail building and tour guides work.

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National Forest Week in Surrey - Sep…

National Forest Week in Surrey September 21-27, 2014 Surrey has many forested areas to enjoy, so it's easy to get outside to celebrate this special week. Check out the events at: h... Read more

Upcoming meetings

Thursday, September 4, 7pm - Board of Directors meeting.    Thursday, November 6, 7pm - Annual General Meeting Read more

World Ocean Day - Jun 8, 2014

June 8 at Blackie SpitWe're looking for volunteers to help staff our booth Read more

Salmon workshop - May, 2014

Salmon workshop - May, 2014

Postponed until May, 2014 Evergreen, a national organization that aims to inspire action to green cities, is organizing an upcoming Salmon in the City Workshop about the importanc... Read more

Party for the Planet - April 26,…

April 26 at City Hall PlazaWe're looking for volunteers to help staff our booth   Read more

Discovery Days - Mar 26, 2014

March 26 at the Surrey Nature CentreMeet a nature guide who will get you started with your discoveries in the forest.  Create an eco-craft, explore with a scavenger hunt and and le... Read more

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar – submitted by Peter Maarsman One of the questions we get asked is, “What is the official tree of British Columbia?” Answer:  It is the Western Red Cedar and it ... Read more

Summer 2012 Story

Summer 2012 Story

What happens to blown-over trees?    by Peter Maarsman During the winter and spring, there have been a lot of strong winds which have blown over more trees. I get asked all the tim... Read more

Summer Handout 2012

Summer Handout 2012

Message from the GTHS Past-President, Peter Maarsman What a beautiful time to be in Green Timbers Forest. It is a time of rebirth and there is excitement all over the forest as tr... Read more

Volunteer Request Form

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY REQUEST FORM Our Mission Volunteer Resources leads the growth and development of the City of Surrey's volunteer movement by: • Continually ... Read more

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