Grant funding for Munson Pond Park project

Environment Canada grant for $75,015 to help carry on park naturalization project in Kelowna.

  • Jul. 30, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Another day, another federal grant recipient this week, today being $75,015 for the  Munson Pond Park Naturalization project.

This naturalization project, located within the City of Kelowna, will expand the riparian area by eradicating noxious weeds and re-introducing native plants and trees.

Beyond the riparian area, upland forest will be re-established to create a fully functioning ecosystem supporting a variety of wildlife species including reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. 9.8 hectares of habitat will be protected, 10,000 native plants and trees will be planted and 10 wildlife structures will be installed.

The Environment Canada grant will be used primarily for materials and supplies and other funders for the project will be contributing 60 per cent  of the total project value.

“Our beaches and parks are among the top reasons visitors choose to come to Kelowna, and they are equally valued by our residents,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

“Council is proud to support organizations like the (Central Okanagan Land Trust) that seek to improve our natural areas by partnering with interest groups, and other levels of government.”

Wayne Wilson, executive director of the Central Okanagan Land Trust, added that partnerships are so important to environmental work.

“This EcoAction funding for the Munson Pond Naturalization Project adds to other important support from local groups, agencies and individuals to help see this project to completion. We look forward to continuing to find projects that strengthen the region’s biodiversity and provide the community with healthy wildlife areas,” Wilson said.

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