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Maple Ridge conservation group offering historic maps

ARMS invites public to take home maps for donations
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ARMS Rivers Heritage Centre is in need of repairs and updates. (ARMS/Special to The News)

A local conservation group is running a unique fundraiser this week.

The Alouette River Management Society is hosting a donation drive on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who want to support the group are asked to visit the Rivers Heritage Centre (24959 Alouette Rd.) and check out all the historical maps they have collected over the years. All maps are being sold by donation and could make great Christmas presents or eco friendly wrapping paper, says ARMS.

There are more than 60 vintage maps to look through, from the 1960s to the 1990s.

They include topographic maps, bathymetric maps, road maps, maps of the Fraser Watershed, Alouette Watershed, District of Maple Ridge and many more.

The group that protects the Alouette River watershed is in the process of restoring the Geoff Clayton Rivers Heritage Centre, which has been the home of ARMS for over 24 years. The group will need $100,000 to bring its home base back to its former glory.

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It has been the gathering place for thousands of students in summer education programs, thousands of visitors to the hatchery, the heart of annual River’s Day celebrations and countless other events. It’s also the workplace of their staff, volunteers and directors.

The building needs a new roof, HVAC system, bathroom renovations and other work.

Contributions over $25 are tax deductible. Donations made before Dec. 31 can be deducted on this year’s tax return. Donations over $1,000 to the Our Heritage Campaign will receive a permanent place of recognition on a plaque which will be made and installed at the Rivers Heritage Centre.

To donate, see alouetteriver.org

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Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

I have been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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