Celebrating partnerships: Restoring Vancouver's Swishwash Island
Paddling to Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, BC (photo by NCC)
Perched beside one of Canada’s busiest airports, at the mouth of the Fraser River, Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary is a small oasis in the heart of a bustling metropolis. Once the site of a large cannery, Swishwash Island has been in the process of rewilding since the cannery shut down in the early 20th century. Over the past decade, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been working with volunteers to enhance the natural rewilding by planting trees, removing invasive plants and cleaning up garbage that collects on the shores. The neighbouring Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been a dedicated partner in the restoration of Swishwash Island, including sending a crew of YVR staff to help plant trees and connect with nature in September 2017.
This video captures the volunteers’ efforts and celebrates a wonderful conservation partnership.