Ecological Restoration Team cleans up Regional ParksEcological Restoration Team cleans up Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClassF32807B4E0B44CB18A8978526EDA856B"><p>Metro Vancouver Regional Parks’ Ecological Restoration Team – affectionately known as the “Pullers and Planters” – has grown to more than 1,180 volunteers since it was created in 2013. </p><p>The team, along with our Park Associations and other volunteers, is active in regional parks from Bowen Island to Aldergrove. In only a few years, it has organized 1,051 work parties with volunteers, contributing close to 58,000 hours to help restore and maintain green spaces.</p><p>This effort has resulted in the removal of more than 175 tonnes of invasive plants and the planting of 56,000 native plants in regional parks.</p><p>The website, <em>Meetup.com</em>, provides a platform for Park Associations, partners and park staff to easily organize stewardship work parties and connect team members with volunteer opportunities in regional parks. The growth and impact of the team and overall stewardship program has been tremendous, building long-term relationships with the community and connecting citizens with nature.</p><p>For many volunteers, it’s their first exposure to regional parks and the program has fostered a new appreciation for green spaces, human impacts on the environment and personal ways to care for them.</p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/218579773" target="_blank">Check out this video</a><br><p><a href="https://www.meetup.com/Regional-Parks-Connect-Metro-Vancouver" target="_blank">More information</a> on volunteer opportunities with the Ecological Restoration Team.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu30-parkrestoration.jpg2017-03-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#4bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52;L0|#04bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52|Issue 30;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassF3EA2B78F8384E369B55626253FB8000"><p>​Metro Vancouver's ecological restoration team has grown to more than 1,180 volunteers since it was created in 2013. The team has removed more than 175 tonnes of invasive plants and planted 56,000 native plants in regional parks.</p></div>0Planting at Aldergrove Regional Park