|Welcome to the Green Links Atlas|
|About the Atlas|
Green Links is a unique initiative of the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology aimed at maintaining and improving biodiversity in urban areas. Green Links does so by connecting areas between parks and other green spaces in urban areas so that smaller patches can operate as larger units that can support species with these larger habitat requirements.
Green Links is one of our projects that increases biodiversity in strategic areas between parks and other green spaces to improve connectivity in the Greater Vancouver region. This encourages larger breeding populations, provides alternative food sources and improves gene flow for plant and animal life.
In its community projects, the Institute takes a holistic approach to habitat restoration by educating and involving communities through art, science, and hands-on experience.Green Links History
The Green Links Project began in 1996 with a 10-year mandate, after which the program will be evaluated. It complements the current Greenways initiatives of the GVRD, municipalities and the province. The links themselves are types of Greenways but do not necessarily include people access. Also, backyard habitat can be incorporated as part of a link.Activities
The primary activity of Green Links is to plant native vegetation in utility corridors, parks, schoolgrounds and backyards. Support for this work comes from a variety of sources, including: BC Hydro, Terasen Gas, the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Environment Canada, the Vancouver Foundation, aggregate producers, municipalities, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and community members.
occurred all over the Lower Mainland.
Most of our efforts have been concentrated in two demonstration
corridors in Coquitlam and Surrey/Delta.
The Coquitlam corridor is a 5 km right-of-way joining
Green Links also
works on other projects that aim to create wildlife habitat in urban
areas. Other major habitat restoration
work has occurred in the Coquitlam gravel pits and several greenhouses in
Green Links also works on other projects that aim to create wildlife habitat in urban areas. Other major habitat restoration work has occurred in the Coquitlam gravel pits and several greenhouses in Delta.
Environmental education is also part of the Green Links mandate in that it serves to highlight the value of urban wildlife habitat and it can inspire environmental stewardship. The Institute offers workshops on natural history, building habitat for animals and sustainable living. Work has also been done with schools to create nature murals in order to involve the artistic side of environmental awareness.
Research in urban biodiversity helps to better understand the dynamics of nature in the city and identify better approaches to conserve and restore urban ecosystems. The Institute has conducted significant research in urban biodiversity, nature’s services, indicator species, hedgerows and other aspects of natural areas in urban environments.
Community Mapping Network
Green Links Project has resulted in over 100 plantings in Greater Vancouver.
Although our partners are aware of the individual efforts in which they were
involved, the online mapping application provided by the Community Mapping
Network enables us to present the overall extent of everyone’s combined
efforts. Each planting has an identifying name and further information about
the planting is available either online at this site or can be obtained by
We have planting reports for almost all sites. The reports contain more detailed site maps, lists of the species planted, the quantities, who was involved and other relevant information for the plantings.