How our project began
Initiated by the City of North Vancouver (CNV) in 2002, habitat restoration has begun in the urban forest of Mahon Park, North Vancouver. Evergreen, with support from Environment Canada's EcoAction program, joined forces with the CNV in 2003 to improve the natural features of Mahon Park.
Our goals and objectives
The rehabilitation project focuses primarily on the removal of exotic invaders and the revegetation of the park with native plants. A long-term environmental education program has been established alongside the creation of a community stewardship group aptly named "Mahon Park Stewards". Local residents, nearby schools, local businesses and organizations are all getting involved.
How we addressed issues of safety and vandalism
Evergreen and the City of North Vancouver both carry adequate insurance coverage for the stewardship activities that are taking place within the park.
Barriers we encountered and how we overcame them
Improper and over-use of the park, illegal dumping of garden waste, and the large presence of invasive species were overcome by monthly work parties and education through outreach.
Our strategies for sustaining the project over the long-term
The Mahon Park Stewards are a group of core volunteers with years of experience volunteering with this project. Continued support from these people, as well as the partnership between Evergreen and the City of North Vancouver, ensures the continuance of this project for years to come.
Our strategies for preventing and/or dealing with volunteer burnout
Enthusiasm and appreciation. We wouldn't be here without the volunteers. We provide snacks and drinks at every event, give shirts to volunteers who come out three or more times, and hold annual volunter appreciation nights.
How we reward volunteer efforts
Evergreen and CNV provide Mahon Park volunteers with in-kind drinks and snacks at all of our volunteer events.
Various local busineses provide gifts as "door" prizes for our stewards.
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