Fruit tree gleaning underway in Hope

A free volunteer service to elderly and disabled residents

Once again this year, the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee (HMBBC) is offering a free volunteer service to the elderly and disabled in Hope – fruit tree gleaning!

To those able-bodied people who do not manage their fruit trees, a donation to HMBBC is required for this service. Portions of the fruit gleaned go to the homeowner, pickers, and the local food bank. Soon you will see our volunteers around Hope.

The purpose of this program is to help avoid black bear attraction to ripening or fallen fruit. Come fall, when it is so critical for black bears to store up calories, tree fruit is very attractive, and they will come into town to find it. It is very important that we all cooperate with this reminder, as well as garbage pick up management, for everyone’s safety.

For information on bear awareness and safety, please visit the HMBBC web page, or like our Facebook page, to receive community level reminders about living in “Bear Country.” Learn how working together, we can make Hope a model community of coexisting with bears, and other dangerous wildlife.

If you, a neighbour, or a friend in Hope could use our help with fruit trees, please contact me directly at 604-860-4117, text me at 289-688-3974, or email jsfyall@hotmail.com.

Also, if you would like to volunteer to assist with picking, and get some fruit for your family, let us know. Volunteers are always appreciated.

Scott Fyall

Fruit Tree Gleaning Program Coordinator