The Tom Berry Pit (Starett Pond) in Hope is undergoing restoration efforts currently. Volunteer treeplanters are needed on Nov. 2. Submitted photo

Tom Berry Pit restoration planned in Hope

Volunteers needed for tree planting at old gravel pit site

A tree planting event is being planned for the Tom Berry Gravel Pit in Hope, by the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition.

The volunteer planting event is being held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will be needed to help plant native shrubs and trees, install herbivory guards, and complete some bioengineering. The work will help restore salmon habitat in the area, so they can swim in and out of the pit without becoming stranded.

The project to restore the Tom Berry Gravel Pit (also known as Starett Pond) began in the summer of 2018 and is expected to run until March 2021. The work is being funded by the DFO Coastal Restoration Fund.

The pit was created adjacent to the Fraser River when the Coquihalla highway was being built in the 1980s, to provide materials for that project. However, in the years since, it floods with water during spring freshet and fish become stranded there and unable to complete their life cycle.

For location details and to confirm volunteer numbers, RSVP by emailing

This is a child friendly site, and light refreshments will be included. A restoration site tour will follow.

Shovels will be provided but dress for the weather (rain or shine) and bring gardening gloves.

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