Since 1993, Ecoworks has been involved in environmental work in the context of employability skills training, and as integral part of our approach to landscaping. From 1996 to 2007 alone, we employed 217 crews of young people for skills development projects (including BC Environmental Youth Team projects) across the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast, representing more than 2,000 participants. Initially these programs targeted youth at risk and then broadened to include unemployed individuals of all ages.
Our environmental work has included:
- Stream Mapping & Rehabilitation
- Erosion Control
- Riparian Planting
- Habitat Assessment
- Environmental Education
- Native Plant Installation
- Rain Garden Installation
- Gravel Pit Reclamation
- Park Development
One project that we completed consisted of two federally-funded contracts, in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, for the rehabilitation of the Aldergrove Bowl. Currently, we have a crew working on the Experience the Fraser Canyon to Coast Trail, in partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional District and the federal government’s Job Creation Partnership program.
We maintain an environmental focus in all our of work, with a view to long-term sustainability. Weed and pest control, for example, prioritize a combination of physical, cultural and biological methods over chemical control.