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Report of Lower Mainland Green Team Activities

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Lower Mainland Green Team activities Feb 2011 to Dec 2014

Impact on the Environment

  • 165 stewardship/habitat restoration activities run in 14 municipalities (Vancouver, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Burnaby, Langley, Delta, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, District of North Van, City of North Van, West Vancouver & New West)
  • 13 non-profit educational farm activities (Loutet Farm, Sharing Farm, David Thompson Secondary school & Earthwise Farm)
  • 4 Surrey street audits provided to City of Surrey planners to enhance the feasibility of walking & cycling
  • 74,500 lbs (about 9 elephants) & 875 cubic meters (about 4,025 bathtubs) of invasive plants were removed namely: English Ivy, Scotch Broom, Himalayan Blackberry, Policeman’s Helmet, Lamium, Laurel, Periwinkle and English Holly
  • 7,100 native trees and plants planted namely: Western Red Cedar, Vine Maple, Big Leaf Maple, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Amabalis, Sitka Mountain Ash, Fir, Salal, Snowberry, Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Beak Hazelnut, Pacific Crabapple, Sword fern, Bitter Cherry, Indian Plum, Cascara, Red Elderberry, Nootka’s Rose, Red Osier Dogwood, Pacific Ninebark, Pacific Willow & Black Twinberry
  • 3,875 lbs of garbage was removed. Items included metal cables, two toilets, clothing, shoes, bottles and caps, shopping carts, toys,
    cigarette butts, wrappers, cans, newspapers, bags, Styrofoam, tennis balls, plastic bags, tires, lighters and cups

Impact on Individuals and Community

  • Built to 2,040 volunteers living in 18 communities in the Lower Mainland. Now the largest conservation volunteer group in BC
  • 2,207 volunteers (1,033 of whom were youth) were engaged in green team activities 3,800 times contributing 10,070 hours
  • Volunteers were introduced to the stewardship activity of invasive plant removal in parks 1,598 times
  • Volunteers were introduced to parks they had never been to 1,840 times
  • Volunteers were introduced to planting of native plants and trees in parks 650 times
  • 39 activities were youth and at-risk youth focused. Alternative programs who have participated so far: Aries and Cedar Walk (First Nations Programs), CABE (Coquitlam), Station Stretch and Horizons (Richmond), ACCESS (West Vancouver), Apex James Anderson Secondary, APEX (Langley), Connex (Maple Ridge) Spectrum (Vancouver),Tupper Secondary Refugee program (Vancouver), “Engaged Immigrant Youth”, Keith Lynn Alternate Secondary (North Van). Youth also participated from Maillard Middle School, Heritage Woods Secondary, Coquitlam Open Learning Hub, Langley Christian School, Surrey Christian School, Holy Cross Secondary, South Delta Secondary, Lochiel U-Connect School, North Surrey Secondary, West View Elementary, North Delta Secondary, Delvie Secondary, Collingwood and Carson Graham North Secondary, Sutherland Secondary, Brookswood Secondary, Aldergrove Community School, Delview Secondary and Dogwood Elementary


  • 2014 YWCA Environmental Sustainability Award
  • 2013 National Environmental Award – Hometown Heroes Group Award from Earth Day Canada (June 2013). To see the award click HERE to learn more about the award click HERE
  • 2013 Frank Sanford Award for Community Service from Nature Vancouver
  • 2012 Certificate of Recognition from the Jane Goodall Institute

Future Plans

The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) inspired the creation of the charity Green Teams of Canada. We started a brand new green team this Fall 2014 - the Greater Victoria Green Team! For a report of both the LMGT and Greater Victoria Green Team click HERE. We are working on securing long-term funding - please consider donating funds to support our work by clicking HERE. We also plan to focus on building our youth and at-risk youth programming

LMGT Supporters of Aug 1 2014-July 31 2015

  • Funders: Schein Foundation, The McLean Foundation, Gosling Foundation, Newman's Own, Chris Spencer Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and The Highbury Foundation
  • Businesses: Marmot, Ecojot, DIG IT, Green Beaver, Norwex, West Coast Seeds, Clif Bar, Happy Planet and Burt’s Bees

42 LMGT Collaborators..

  • Metro Vancouver Parks
  • BC Parks
  • Vancouver Board of Parks & Rec
  • City of Burnaby
  • City of Coquitlam
  • District of North Vancouver
  • City of North Vancouver
  • District of West Vancouver
  • City of Surrey
  • City of Richmond
  • Corporation of Delta
  • City of Port Moody
  • City of White Rock
  • North Delta Green Team
  • Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society
  • Friends of Semiahmoo Bay
  • Evergreen
  • White Rock/Surrey Naturalists
  • Jericho Stewardship Group
  • Pacific Spirit Park Society
  • Friends of Hunter Park
  • Langley Enviro. Partners Soc.
  • Ceed Centre Society
  • Stoney Creek Envir. Committee
  • Rivers Institute of BCIT
  • Minnekhada Park Association
  • Burnaby Lake Park Association
  • Everett Crowley Park Committee
  • Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society
  • North Shore Streamkeepers
  • Caulfeild Park Conservation
  • Lighthouse Preservation Society
  • Alouette River Management Society
  • Fraser Basin Council
  • Balance Ecological
  • Coastal Painted Turtle Project
  • North Shore Mountain Biking Asso.
  • Better Environmentally Sound Transportation
  • Earthwise Society
  • Edible Garden Project
  • The Sharing Farm Society
  • Fresh Roots Society
  • Pacific Parklands Foundation
  • False Creek Watershed Society

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Shoreline Park Planting - November 25th November 25, 2017 7:49 PM Ranah C.
Shoreline Park - November 4th, 2017 November 7, 2017 9:17 AM Lyda S.
Ruth Johnson Park Planting - October 29th, 2017 October 31, 2017 12:12 PM Lyda S.
Sendall Gardens Planting - October 28th, 2017 October 29, 2017 8:52 PM Ranah C.
Booth Creek October 22, 2017 October 23, 2017 5:58 AM Lyda S.
Central Park Oct 15 2017 October 18, 2017 4:45 PM Lyda S.
Booth Creek Oct 14 2017 October 18, 2017 5:32 PM Lyda S.
James Anderson Park Oct 4 2017 October 7, 2017 9:09 AM Lyda S.
Central Park Oct 1 2017 October 6, 2017 5:23 AM Lyda S.
Ruth Johnson Park Sept 30 2017 October 1, 2017 12:16 AM Lyda S.
Deer Lake July 9 2017 July 9, 2017 7:20 PM Lyda S.
Pacific Reach Linear Park Coquitlam June 11 2017 June 14, 2017 3:03 PM Lyda S.

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