In 2017 our community came together in an amazing way, raising money to help purchase what is now St. John Point Regional Park. This 68 acre park is a huge addition to the small public land area on Mayne Island being managed for nature conservation and low-impact recreation. Since becoming a public park, the property has become a focus for community-led habitat restoration and nature education, including invasive plant management and restoration of native trees and shrubs.
Volunteers of all ages have contributed to the work, planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs, and constructing fencing to protect young plants from being eaten by deer. Between September 1st 2021 and March 31st 2022 our team of community stewards has planted 175 trees and 106 shrubs, building on past efforts to restore natural habitats impacted by logging, agriculture, and recreational land uses.
The students from the Mayne School helped us out in the early spring of 2022, planting 94 trees and 10 shrubs in a newly fenced 1-acre restoration site. Watching these trees grow and thrive will provide these youth with a tangible example of how they can play a positive role as land stewards.
We would like to thank our many community volunteers, including all the students and staff at the Mayne Island School, as well as our funding partners for making this habitat restoration work possible. In the past year, the habitat restoration work at St. John Point has been funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Province of British Columbia, and donations from the community.