Lafarge gives back with amphibian tunnel installation

By |  August 11, 2015

Lafarge Canada partnered with the Fraser Valley Conservancy to install a tunnel for amphibian protection in the Ryder Lake area of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. The Fraser Valley Conservancy has been working with local landowners in the area since 2008 to study the migration patterns of local amphibians, as well as the challenge they face moving across roads from woodlands to wetlands.

It took Lafarge four days to install a tunnel and rebuild a road to facilitate the migration of baby toadlets. According to a press release, the tunnel required an innovative design that allowed light into the space while assuring its structural integrity. The tunnel also features a grate system that Langley Concrete donated. According to the conservancy, the tunnel provides strength for road traffic, low maintenance and durability.

“Our partnership with Lafarge has enabled us to finally implement this toad tunnel which has been a vision for the conservancy for many years,” says Joanne Neilson, executive director of the Fraser Valley Conservancy. “Lafarge brought the construction expertise and manpower that we were lacking to help us achieve this important conservation goal.”

In addition, David Redfern, vice president of Lafarge in the Vancouver area, donated $10,000 for materials, and volunteer support provided to the project.

“Lafarge is proud to be integrally involved in this biodiversity project which supports the environment in the Fraser Valley and educates the public about sensitive toad populations, all while testing an innovation in wildlife crossings,” he says.

According to Lafarge, the project aligned with its community investment pillars of education, environment and sustainable construction.

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