Greening Operations: Land
Ecological restoration allows sustainable land use, by restoring habitat, plants, and animals, both on-campus and where on-campus activities affect off-campus ecology. Courses are now being offered for a new Ecological Restoration Degree program at BCIT, the first program of its kind in Canada.
In addition to restoration efforts, BCIT has committed to protect the current green space on campus. No more land can be used for additional parking, as stated in formal memorandum of understanding BCIT signed with the City of Burnaby in 2001.
Guichon Creek restorationIt’s hard to believe that Guichon Creek on the Burnaby Campus was an underground drainage channel 40 years ago. Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation students and staff have worked for 25 years to restore the creek by re-establishing streamside vegetation, enhancing in-stream habitat, and improving water quality, with help from donors and the City of Burnaby. Now a successful example of urban stream restoration, and needed habitat for fish and wildlife, the creek was even repopulated with cutthroat trout in 2006.
The Burnaby Campus Master Plan (2007) includes plans to “daylight” the rest of the creek from its underground culvert from SE-16 at Ford Street, all the way to Canada Way. Restoring a stream from an underground pipes to the surface is called “daylighting”, and this process reduces toxic run-off into lakes, increases trout and salmon populations, protects riparian biodiversity, and reminds us of the fragile beauty of our environment, and the many reasons to protect it. Guichon Creek is only one example of the Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program’s conservation and restoration projects. Learn more and be inspired.
What we aspire to achieve:
Become ecologically restored