During the period between 1965 and 1972, the BC Parks Branch pressed for legal protection of Crown lands along the Adams River. By the 1970’s, the unique value of the Adams River was considered threatened. In May of 1975, a formal freeze on all private land development was proclaimed under the Environment and Land Use Act, and in 1977 the Adams River Recreation Area was established. It was renamed in 1978, to honour Roderick Haig-Brown, the great British Columbian conservationist, author, fly-fisher, and magistrate. In 1991, Roderick Haig-Brown gained full status as a Class “A” park and BC Parks initiated the idea to establish a non-profit organization to assist in developing a concept plan for the Park. By 1993, efforts began to form the Adams River Salmon Society, which was then incorporated on February 22, 1994. In 2006, a log cabin was built by the Society next to the parking lot to provide office space and a centralized location for interpretive services.
The Adams River Salmon Society is run by a volunteer board of directors who are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The primary focus of the Society is to help organize and run the Salute to the Sockeye held during the dominant run every four years. In addition, the Society helps to determine how best to utilize the proceeds from the Salutes, including the parking lot revenue, to fulfill its mandate to encourage and facilitate the education and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Roderick Haig-Brown Park. For example, funding for the interpretive signage throughout the Park came from the Salute proceeds, known as the Legacy Fund. Another project for the Society has been the restoration of the former overflow parking lot, which began with the planting of over 1,000 tree seedlings in the spring of 2010.
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To become a lifetime member of the Society (for only $25), either print this form, complete it and mail it in or contact the membership secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adams River Salmon Society 2013 Board of Directors (updated Sept. 2013):
President: Darlene McBain
Vice President: Jim McLellan
Treasurer: Rosemary Gillis
Membership Secretary: Blair Acton
Directors: Tess Tomma, Don Cavers, Alan Bailey, Rod Crowe, and Aaron Arnouse
Adams River Salmon Society Success continues
In 2011- There was a good turnout for the Adams River Salmon Society’s AGM, which was held on April 17th, 2011, at the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Hall. Everyone appreciated the informative talk by famed marine scientist Alexandra Morton about her campaign to end fish farming and the new information regarding salmon diseases presented to the Cohen Commission. Later during the meeting, the group agreed to provide Morton with a $500 honourarium to help with her projects.
After the election of directors, which resulted Alan Bailey and Rosemary Gillis added as new directors and Sonja Vernon-Wood and Blair Acton re-elected; there was a presentation by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans representative, Jeremy Heighton. He spoke in glowing terms about the 2010 Salute to the Sockeye, which attracted 58 media representatives from around the world and 230,000 visitors, double the previous record. Heighton called last year’s event, “The best run Salute ever!”
BC Parks rep Adrian Wynnyk congratulated everyone involved, including the volunteers, the community, the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band and Dees Traffic Control.
A major change was made to the Society structure at the AGM, as the group voted unanimously to change the membership fee structure from bi-yearly to lifetime. The fee is now $25 for a lifetime membership, which will simplify the membership record keeping.
After the presentations and the business portion of the AGM, Clive Bryson and Jim Cooperman treated participants to vivid slide shows of their spectacular images from the record-breaking 2010 sockeye salmon run.
The society executives for 2011 were chosen at this year’s first Salmon Society Board meeting, President – Darlene McBain, Vice-President – Jim Cooperman, Secretary – Sandra Spicer, Membership Secretary – Blair Acton, and Treasurer – Rosemary Gillis.
Also new for the Adams River Salmon Society is their re-vamped website, salmonsociety.com that includes an archive of information about last year’s salute, images of the run, the winning salmon songs, videos and background information about the famed Adams River salmon run, the park and the river. As well, Society volunteers once again worked hard this spring to plant an additional 500 trees in an restoration effort aimed to convert the old field across from the cement plants back to forest.
The focus of the Salmon Society will now be to develop a funding program to promote and support opportunities for education, interpretation and conservation of the cultural and natural values of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park and to foster appreciation and improved knowledge of the sockeye salmon run. The Society is also working to develop an interpretive program for local students and nature enthusiasts that could take advantage of the Society’s cabin in the park.
Further Information about the Society:
The Society & Board Meeting Minutes
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