Greenways Land Trust

Organization Mission Statement

Our mission is to restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community.

The organization serves the following population

Greenways’ projects occur in natural spaces available to all residents of and visitors to Campbell River, including the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands, the Campbell River Estuary, and Willow Creek. We connect our community to the nature around us. Our numerous volunteer programs include Adopt-A-Trail in the Beaver Lodge, our Conservation Team that works throughout the community, our Stewardship Leaders that support our schools programming, and the Streamkeepers of Campbell River, who protect all of our urban creeks. Our public events allow residents of all ages and stages to give back to the natural places they love. Our school programs engage hundreds of students in all grades: last school- year, we hosted 76 ecological education and stewardship outings with school groups to teach our children about the environment around us and restore environmentally sensitive areas. 

Greenways also supports environmentally based food security programs, including two community gardens (Laughing Willow and Mountain View), a fruit tree gleaning project, and a region wide Strathcona Good Food Box program. 

The funds donated will be used to

The funds donated this year will be used to support Greenways’ Adopt-A-Trail program in the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands. In 2022/2023, Adopters put a collective total of 1,571 hours into maintaining the more-than-two-dozen trails in the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands. Organizing this amount of work takes a lot of administration, as well as funding for materials (ex. rakes, shovels, etc.). This program has been notoriously challenging to fund but is likely one of the more popular of Greenways’ programming, with almost 700 people using the trails weekly (Beaver Lodge Trust Society, 2023. Report on the Public Survey Regarding the Beaver Lodge Lands conducted October 17 to December 16, 2022). 

This program has many community benefits, including:

  • Maintaining the trails in this popular recreation area 
  • Engaging the community in public works 
  • Improving social, mental, and physical well-being of not only the trail Adopters, but also those who get to enjoy the Beaver Lodge Lands

The volunteer program is open to anyone in the community. 

We would like to continue this hugely successful project in future years and are currently looking for additional funding. We require ongoing funding for staff time for volunteer coordination, travel, and trail maintenance supplies. 

The organizations current sources of funding are

The vast majority of Greenways’ current funding is a variety of project-specific grants, including from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Province of BC Community Gaming Grants, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Island Health, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the Campbell River Community Foundation. 

Greenways also holds the contract with the City of Campbell River for maintenance of the Baikie Island Nature Reserve, and receives a Grant-in-Aid from the City’s Community Partnerships program. 

Generous donations from our local business community, including the Brown’s Bay Resort, Moeller Matthews Chartered Professional Accountants, IZCO Technology Solutions, Beachfire Brewing, and Healthway Natural Foods support us as well. 

 

Visit their website for more information: greenwaystrust.ca

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.