Langley's 2012 environmental heroes planted a tree in the historic Fort Langley orchard as part of the award ceremony last June. With MP Mark Warawa (centre) are left to right) Bob Puls, Natal Cicuto, Deven Azevedo and Heather Jenkins.

Langley's 2012 environmental heroes planted a tree in the historic Fort Langley orchard as part of the award ceremony last June. With MP Mark Warawa (centre) are left to right) Bob Puls, Natal Cicuto, Deven Azevedo and Heather Jenkins.

Nominations open for 2013 environmental hero awards

This is the seventh time that Langley's top environmentalists will be honoured.

Langley MP Mark Warawa has announced that nominations are now open for the 2013 Langley Environmental Hero awards.

This is the seventh time that these awards will be presented in Langley.

“I’m thrilled that environmental stewardship in the Langleys is an issue which people are passionate about,” said Warawa. “The Langley Environmental Hero Award began in 2006 as a way to acknowledge Langley’s grassroots efforts, big and small, to protect the environment.

“We look forward to receiving nominations to honour environmental initiatives by individuals, businesses and organizations.”

Those wishing to nominate a a person, group or a business who has taken the initiative to do something positive for the environment, can download a form online at: www.leps.bc.ca, langleytimes.com and markwarawa.com.

Applications can be sent to to langleyenvironmentalhero2013@gmail.com or by fax to 604-534-5970. The deadline is May 31.

The winners will be presented with their awards on Canada Day, July 1, at McLeod Athletic Park as part of the Langley Canada Day event.

Last year’s winners were Natal Cicuto of Yorkson Water Stewardship Committee (individual); Heather Jenkins of 1 Fish, 2 Fish (business and organization) and Deven Azevedo of Langley Fine Arts School (youth). A lifetime achievement award was given to longtime environmentalist Bob Puls.

Warawa has also announced the federal government will fund Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) for two projects in the Bertrand Creek and Salmon River watersheds.

The first project involves both watersheds. It will address habitat issues for two aquatic species at risk, Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker and two terrestrial species at risk, Oregon spotted frog and Oregon forest snail. LEPS will receive a grant of $78,884.

LEPS will also receive $40,945 to restore 3.6 hectares along Bertrand Creek.