The Sunshine Coast Natural History Society was one of three non-profit community groups in B.C. to receive a $15,000 Community Giving Award from FortisBC.
The funding was announced Sept. 10 on the opening day of the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Whistler.
The Natural History Society, nominated for the award by Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne, maintains the Sechelt Marsh – an ecologically diverse area well known to local nature lovers. The Society will use the $15,000 grant from FortisBC to replace fences and retaining walls along the trails around the marsh as well as mitigate trail erosion.
“We are a repository for birds, butterflies, botany and mammals,” Tony Greenfield, president, Sunshine Coast Natural History Society, said in a statement. “There’s a lot of concern that the natural world is getting pushed out of the limelight in the age of computers and Facebook. It’s particularly important that we keep the natural world in front of the younger generation.”
Non-profit community groups based out of Nelson and Delta were also award recipients.