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Institute of Urban Ecology (IUE) at Douglas College conducts a number
of programs aiming to increase awareness of the importance of nature in
the city, as well as to better integrate natural and developed spaces
into the urban fabric. The institute conducts inventories of natural habitat
and species, provides workshops in environmental education, and works
to rehabilitate, enhance and link together urban natural areas. Several
of its programs are described below.
Initiated in 1996, the Greenlinks Program aims to connect fragments
of environmentally sensitive land with corridors of native vegetation.
Its main purpose is to increase plant and animal biodiversity in areas
where plant and animal species have declined due to loss of habitat.
A central aspect of all Greenlinks projects is the involvement of
neighboring communities. The IUE staff works to inform project neighbours
about the importance of native plant habitat, and to gain an understanding
of neighbourhood use and perception of green space corridors. The
involvement of community members as project volunteers is also encouraged.
- Elementary School Greening
For the past several years the Institute has been working with elementary
school students to plant native species on area school grounds. The
IUE develops a design plan, orders and delivers plants, and works with
students, teachers and parent volunteers to plant them. The staff of
the Institute also teaches students about the plant species and the
benefits of native plant habitat.
- Native Plant Propagation
The IUE established the Native Plant Propagation Program in 1997 to
provide a ready supply of native plant species for the Greenlinks Project.
The program works with high school students to provide hands-on training
in propagating plants from seedlings and cuttings, and field experience
in collecting seeds and cuttings and planting out new seedlings. The
program is currently on hold due to lack of resources.
Category: Greenways/Urban Habitat, Environmental
Organization: Institute of Urban Ecology, Douglas College
Address: Box 2530, New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2
Phone: (604) 527-5522
Fax: (604) 527-5095
Web site: www.douglas.bc.ca/iue/