The Institute of Urban Ecology, at Douglas College initiated the Greenlinks project, in 1994. The project aims at connecting fragments of environmentally sensitive land with corridors of native vegetation. Its main purpose is to increase the plant and animal biodiversity in areas where plant and animal species have declined due to loss of habitat.
Greenlinks began with project workers developing regional maps and conducting biophysical inventories of environmentally sensitive areas. They contacted adjoining communities and conducted surveys to understand the perceptions people have of green corridors. They also held community education workshops to improve the community's understanding of green spaces.
Greenlinks demonstration projects are in the works for Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Delta. A typical Greenlinks project entails:
  • assessing habitat capability, and planting vegetation
  • removing invasive plant species
  • stream-bank stabilization, stream water enhancement, refuse clean-up, and multi-use pathway and footbridge construction
  • advertising in the surrounding areas to gather volunteers
  • publishing a regular newsletter
  • occasionally a writing contest for community members in the surrounding areas, which requires people to write about nature in the city and what it meant to them
  • occasionally a contest called the Backyard Habitat Challenge, which encourages people to let their backyards grow naturally
Category: Greenways/ Urban Habitat
Organization: Institute of Urban Ecology
Project: Greenlinks
Address: 700 Royal Avenue, Box 2503, New Westminster, BC V3J 5B2
Phone: (604) 527-5224
Fax: (604) 527-5095
Contact: Valentin Schaefer (Acting Director)