Acadia Forest Ecological Restoration ProjectAcadia Forest Ecological Restoration Project<div class="ExternalClass77D3ED59EA5441D8B3A2B27386202C0C"><p>Within the lush confines of the 875-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park is an area known locally as Acadia Forest, a site cleared twice in the early 1900s that has never quite recovered.</p><p>Deciduous trees such as red alder and big-leaf maple did historically grow in Acadia Forest, but there was no seed source for native conifers like Douglas fir or western red-cedar to re-establish. As such, invasive species including English holly, English ivy and Himalayan blackberry also moved in. </p><p>Fortunately, Pacific Spirit Regional Park has a passionate group of dedicated volunteers: the Pacific Spirit Park Society. Working together with Regional Parks staff, the society launched the Acadia Forest Ecological Restoration Project in 2017.</p><p>The project saw Regional Parks staff working collaboratively with volunteers to organize work parties and remove more than 8,000 kilograms of invasive plants. Volunteers then restored the area, planting almost 3,500 native trees and shrubs.</p><p>The project was funded by the George Ross Stewardship Legacy Fund managed by Pacific Parklands Foundation. Native trees and shrubs were donated by the City of Vancouver. Biodiversity in the area will be greatly improved by the efforts that have been made. An increased sense of community and connections to nature have also grown through this project.</p></div>|#92eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be;L0|#092eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be|Issue 41;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass8386F54CC8DD43C5910B8DD7C8D25267"><p>‚ÄčA dedicated group within Pacific Spirit Park is working with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks staff to restore an area known locally as Acadia Forest.</p></div>0