The Province, April 27, 2015 – Brewery plants $20,000 on ecology society

Brewery plants $20,000 on ecology society to combat invasive species in Stanley Park

BY JOHN MACKIE, POSTMEDIA NEWS APRIL 27, 2015

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A huge windstorm felled thousands of trees at Vancouver’s Stanley Park in December 2006. Wu Shengyuan photographs some of the damage near Prospect Point. Jon Murray/png files

Photograph by: Jon Murray , PROVINCE

Ten thousand trees were knocked down in Stanley Park during a devastating windstorm in 2006.

Invasive, non-native plants flourished in the wake of the big blowdown. The 500 volunteers in the Stanley Park Ecology Society have been diligently working with Vancouver park board staff to uproot the invaders and replace them with native plants.

But it costs money. And Monday, they got some from the Stanley Park Brewing company, which donated $20,000.

The donation comes from a limited-edition pale ale called Windstorm, which was named after the natural disaster in 2006.

“We introduced this new beer as a limited-edition offering where partial proceeds from every sale is being donated directly back to the Stanley Park Ecology Society,” said Jim Lister of the Stanley Park Brewery at a news conference in the park Monday.

Patricia Thomson of the society said much of the money will go into the perennial problem of invasive species.

“We definitely have an ongoing need to remove invasive, non-native plants from Stanley Park,” said Thomson. “English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, yellow flag iris — there’s upwards of 60 different species of invasive plants in the park. Community volunteers help us manually remove those species.”

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