Stewardship grant program for regional parksStewardship grant program for regional parks<div class="ExternalClass2F2906B7E6C049E581D9060D01E96395"><p>​In 2016, Metro Vancouver launched the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program, a funding program created to support hands‐on citizen stewardship projects by park partners in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Administered by the <a href="" target="_blank">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, a registered charity dedicated to supporting Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, the program is funded by the interest from an endowment created from a generous bequest of Mr. George Ross.</p><p>George Ross, a park lover and long-time resident of Burnaby, passed away in 2012 and left a bequest of $2.8 million dollars. The Pacific Parklands Foundation has distributed more than $30,000 from the newly established George Ross Legacy Grant Fund for volunteer-led stewardship activities in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks such as restoring ecosystems and planting native species. Grants range from $3,000 to $10,000.</p><p>While ongoing maintenance and operations are publicly funded by Metro Vancouver, Pacific Parklands Foundation works with donors and volunteer groups to bridge the gap between government funding and the pressing demands on the region’s natural spaces. The Foundation encourages philanthropy and volunteerism, enriches communities, and enhances valuable greenspace in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.</p><p>In the Spring 2016 inaugural grant cycle, five Regional Park Associations were awarded grants: </p><ul><li>Burnaby Lake Park Association: North Avalon Restoration ($4,000) </li><li>Campbell Valley Equestrian Society: Northwest Perimeter Trail Buffer Planting ($3,500) </li><li>Campbell Valley Park Association: Perimeter Trail Wetland Phase 2 Planting ($10,000) </li><li>Colony Farm Park Association: Sheep Paddock Riparian Planting ($3,000) </li><li>Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society: Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre Phase 3 Constructed Wetland Planting ($10,000) </li></ul><p>We are currently in the midst of the Fall 2016 grant cycle and look forward to announcing the awards December 2016. More information on the application process is found on the Pacific Parklands Foundation website <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Image: Left to right: front row - Ian Maclean (Campbell Valley Equestrian Society, David Pohl (President, Pacific Parklands Foundation), Michael Buckingham (KEEPS), back row - Jane Thomsing (Colony Farm Park Association), Jude Grass (Campbell Valley Park Association), Ann Green (Burnaby Lake Park Association), Jackie Campbell (KEEPS), Hannah Nieman (Burnaby Lake Park Association).</em></span></p></div>|#e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41;L0|#0e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41|Issue 24;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass30764145A1D4442F99A54D28380458EF"><p>​Metro Vancouver's George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program, administered by the <a href="" target="_blank">Pacific Parklands Foundation</a>, supports hands‐on citizen stewardship projects in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. <br><br></p></div>0