EcoBlitz Volunteers Plant Thousands of Trees & Plants EcoBlitz Volunteers Plant Thousands of Trees & Plants <div class="ExternalClassCF235FF6511947ADAB3AE4DC5177D41B"> <p>Volunteers including Girl Guides, Scouts, Beavers, Pathfinders and Leos joined park associations and Metro Vancouver staff at 10 of our <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">22 regional parks</a> in work parties to help return native vegetation and get rid of invasive species that grow quickly and out-compete native plants for space and resources like water and sunlight. Volunteer groups also included St. George’s School, WildResearch, the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society, the South Coast Conservation Society, the Lower Mainland Green Team, and the Shah Satnam Green “S” Welfare Group.</p> <p>The simultaneous EcoBlitz work parties were held on October 25 in <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/crippen-regional-park" target="_blank">Crippen Regional Park</a> on Bowen Island, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay</a> in Delta, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach</a> in Richmond, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/pacific-spirit-regional-park" target="_blank">Pacific Spirit</a> beside the University of BC, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/campbell-valley-regional-park" target="_blank">Campbell Valley</a> in Langley, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/burnaby-lake-regional-park" target="_blank">Burnaby Lake</a>, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/tynehead-regional-park" target="_blank">Tynehead</a> in Surrey, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/minnekhada-regional-park" target="_blank">Minnekhada</a> in Coquitlam, <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/aldergrove-regional-park" target="_blank">Aldergrove</a>, and <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/kanaka-creek-regional-park" target="_blank">Kanaka Creek</a> in Maple Ridge.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver’s volunteer <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/parks/3655737408001" target="_blank">Ecological Restoration Team</a> grew as a result of this event, attracting 100 new members in the last few months. The Team now boasts 273 active members. EcoBlitz was an example of teamwork between Metro Vancouver staff, park partners, and residents throughout the region who want to restore ecosystems within our regional parks.</p> <p>We know that caring for our regional parks is something local communities take seriously, and volunteers augment the work of parks staff by offering their time and expertise. In 2013, over 3,500 volunteers provided 9,500 hours of their time to remove more than 17 tons of invasive plants and to plant 16,000 native plants in regional parks across Metro Vancouver.</p> <p>Thank you to all the EcoBlitz volunteers!</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/EcoBlitz-970.jpg2014-12-18T08:00:00ZGP0|#235a6d6c-f602-454f-bc90-1d7ca0adff96;L0|#0235a6d6c-f602-454f-bc90-1d7ca0adff96|Issue 4;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassFCB03C5DF858436986972472EB111D13"> <p>Through intermittent rain showers, almost 350 volunteers contributed 823 hours of labour to plant 7,347 native trees, shrubs and groundcover and removed 1,071 kilos of invasive plants like holly and ivy at Metro Vancouver’s inaugural EcoBlitz.</p></div>