A substantial planting restoration project in Courtenay is now complete thanks to grant funding from BC Hydro’s Community ReGreening Program.
The city says they got $7,500 from BC Hydro and the project means they revitalized habitat areas and tree canopy cover in many Courtenay areas where nature has been impacted over time by our built environment.
The main planting areas included:
- Northridge Trail near Klanawa Crescent
- Riverway Trail near 19th Street
- Piercy Greenspace near 2880 Arden Rd.
The city says this marks a “significant” step toward addressing the impacts of disturbance of local natural areas and enforces its dedication to environmental sustainability.
“By incorporating native and adaptable non-native species, the city aims to develop a resilient urban forest capable of withstanding the challenges posed by longer and drier warm seasons,” said the city in a release.
“Invasive and non-native vegetation was removed, and mulch and compost added. The mulch inhibits weed growth, supports soil health, and conserves moisture – essential for the well-being of newly planted vegetation.”
The city adds over 1,000 indigenous shrubs and trees were planted in the spring and fall of 2023 in designated areas.
More information about ReGreening Programs can be found here.