Susan Lehmann memorial service

Susan’s memorial has been set for April 14th, 2:00 pm, at First Memorial Funeral Services Fraser Heights Chapel, 14835 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

For those not familiar with her, Susan was involved with saving Green Timbers from the very beginning, helping her father, Wady Lehmann, with getting signatures on the petition. She served on the Society’s board of directors for many years, was on the Green Timbers Urban Forest Advisory Committee, led and organized our booth for countless events, and was a tireless promoter to preserve the urban forest.

Her enthusiasm and dedication will be missed.

Green Timbers in the news and other interesting links

Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (Jan. 19, 2018)
Our weekly collection of compliments and complaints sent in by readers
Rotten tomatoes to the person/people who stole one of the big bird feeders at the Surrey Nature Centre. They have been there for several years (thanks to we, the taxpayers). And for the first time, someone has chosen to make it their own. Have you no idea how many families/children learn about these birds as they are feeding? This is part of the beautiful Green Timbers park. Please use your conscience and return the feeder. Did you also take the suet feeder at the same time? Shame on you.

Dog who came into Surrey shelter emaciated now has a new home (February 1, 2018)
After being found on the side of the road in horrific condition near Green Timbers forest last year, Eclipse the Great Dane has now found a new home. “We are so happy for him,” said Shelley Joaquin, manager of Surrey Animal Resource Centre (SARC).

Surrey Board of Trade releases road survey (February 1, 2018)
A recent report suggests each of those roads should be widened to five lanes: Fraser Highway between Whalley Boulevard and 148th Street (including through Green Timbers park), 160th Street between 26th and 32nd Avenues, and 100th Avenue between King George Boulevard to 140th Street.

Sunnyside Acres supporter moves his roots
South Surrey’s Roy Strang devoted more than three decades to the urban forest
A longtime Peninsula environmentalist left South Surrey in a hurry, but as swift as the decision may have looked, Roy Strang says it certainly wasn’t an easy one.

Nesting season is just around the corner
Pacific Parklands Foundation
In the Lower Mainland nesting season for birds generally occurs between March 15th and August 15th.  For many local birders and naturalists this time of year is marked by extreme excitement and anticipation.  What type of nests can you expect to find in regional parks?  The possibilities are endless!


Calendar of upcoming events

Green Timbers calendar:
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Sunday, March 4, 7pm – 9pm
The Birds and the Trees
Ocean Park Community Hall – 1577 128 Street
David Hancock, a biologist, conservationist, write, publisher and lecturer, will speak on the value of trees and their relationships with birds. His current study on the urban bald eagle in Vancouver has turned up more than 400 nesting pairs in the Vancouver area. There will be a question and answer portion after the presentation.

Wednesday, March 6, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Redwood Heights Community Plan Public Open House
Earl Marriott Secondary School, 15751 16 Ave
Come view and comment on the final Land Use Concept Plan and proposed servicing and financial strategy for the area. City staff, as well as members of the Redwood Heights Citizen’s Advisory Committee, will be available during the evening to answer questions and receive comments.

Saturday, March 17, 9am – 11am
City of Surrey: Birding Walk
Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way
Start by observing the bird feeders at the Surrey Nature Centre, and then walk along forested trails to Green Timbers Lake where osprey and cormorants fish for rainbow trout. Meet in the Surrey Nature Centre’s parking lot.

Saturday, March 17, 9am – 11am
City of Surrey: Morning walk through Green Timbers
Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way
Join our guide for a family-friendly nature walk to discover Green Timbers Park and the animals and plants who call it home! Walk routes and themes may change from month-to-month, so come back often. All ages welcome. Drop-in, rain or shine.

Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
City of Surrey: Afternoon walk through Green Timbers
Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way
Join us for a guided nature walk to explore the Surrey Nature Centre and Green Timbers Park. Walk routes and themes may change from month-to-month, so come back often. This walk is for ages 13+. Drop-in, rain or shine.

People needed: anniversary event, educational booklet

As always, we’re looking for people to help out with various projects and ideas. Do you have any interests? Let us know!

1. Anniversary event people. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the bylaw establishing the Green Timbers Urban Forest. Tentative plans include an information table and guided tours from the lake to the Surrey Nature Centre. Are you able to help? Email us at

2. Educational booklet. In 1998 the Society published a nature guide to Green Timbers. It’s time for a new edition. It’s an opportunity to update and enhance the information in there. Are you an educator or interested in helping us get this completed? Email us at