Greenways’ Adopt-A-Trail program in the Beaver Lodge Lands allows community members to actively participate in the stewardship of their local resources. Volunteers become responsible for maintaining their chosen trail over the course of a year (or more!), and are equipped with tools necessary for the job.
Learn more about Greenways’ role in maintaining the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands and the history of the experimental forest in this fantastic video, “Battle of the Beaver Lodge Lands – Gift and Compromise” [published by the Museum at Campbell River and ShawTV NorthIsland].
One of the biggest ways in which people connect with the environment is through food. Unfortunately, many of our current systems leave people without secure access to food that is both healthy and affordable. Greenways is working in collaboration with local organizations to increase food security for residents of the Strathcona Regional District.
Together with the garden’s committee, we are taking care of administrative activities for the Laughing Willow Community Garden. Greenways continuously works on establishing more community gardens of this kind. If you want to grow your own food and are interested in being added to the waitlist for the community garden please send an e-mail to [email protected].
There are many more ways to get involved with food security in the region.
What better way to learn about environmental issues than tackling them hands on? At Greenways, we support environmental education in the public school curriculum. Our school programs allow students to connect with course material in a meaningful way – and connect with their environment. The 2015/16 school program was our most successful yet, with 1,929 hours contributed by students from School District 72.
Are you a teacher? If you want to learn more about our school programs please contact us via e-mail [email protected] or give us a call 250-287-3785.
Greenways is responsible for doing maintenance and restoration work on a number of sites around Campbell River. Important environmentally, they are also significant to the community at large. Over the last half of a century, the estuary has gone through significant change. Industries came and went. The landscape got modified over decades to serve industrial needs. Now nature is taking back over the estuary. Together with various organizations and its fantastic volunteers, Greenways is working on the on-going restoration.
We do continuous work in the estuary to remove invasive species such as Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, while replacing them with native species that naturally grow in the area. More recently, we have also installed habitat features including bird and bat boxes, many of which were created by local students at Robron School. Additionally, Greenways runs a goose banding project for Canada Geese in the estuary. To read more about this project, read our report from May 2017 here. Another project the organization works on at the Tyee Spit is monitoring and mapping out the endangered plant species, Deltoid Balsamroot. Campbell River is home to 20% of the Deltoid Balsamroot populations in Canada.
Making Baikie Island a Wildlife Management Area is in the talking. A great insight by the Campbell River Mirror [May 4, 2017]: “Greater protection sought for Campbell River Estuary”.
At Greenways, a lot of our work is tied to invasive species. It is inherent in all of our site maintenance and restoration work, and is also central to some projects, such as the Knotweed Treatment Program we run in partnership with the City of Campbell River.
What are invasive species? Invasives species do not naturally occur in a specific area and their introduction has been known to cause economic or environmental harm. Invasive species have the ability to reproduce and spread quickly, which can make them difficult to kill or remove. These species spread rigorously, while often making it difficult for indigenous species to thrive in the same area.
The “Top 5 Invasive Species in and around Campbell River” summarized by our President, Sandra Milligan, in a brief video. Watch here.
Greenways in the NEWS
Campbell River Mirror [May 1, 2017]: “Invasive plants wreacking havoc on Campbell River environment”